Music’s Ones to Watch in 2020

2019 has given us a lot, but we sure can't wait to see what these rising stars have up their sleeves for the new year.

It’s a new year, with new vibes, so what better time to put your finger on the button and get to know the best rising stars of the music industry. From the game-changing Greentea Peng to the soulful songstress Rose Gray, there’s something for everyone in our 2020 playlist. Get to know our top tracks below now…


Growing up in Stockholm, AWA’s classical training led her on an alternate journey to pop success, but one which has given her an edge not many have. Moving to London last year, AWA has thrown herself into the music scene, heading into sessions with the likes of Ebenezer, Aston Rudi and Show N Prove. Up next, the rising star will drop her debut EP in 2020, so is without a doubt one to watch…


Spitting bars to a K-dot level of good, JID is still way too slept on. The Atlanta born rapper has brought us the likes of solo singles ‘151 Rum’ and ‘NEVER’, as well as some of the best collaborations of the past few years including a Grammy-nominated performance of ‘Down Bad’ with Dreamville, Bas, J. Cole, EARTHGANG and Young Nudy. Part of the musical collective Spillage Village (founded by EarthGang in 2010), JID has racked up a 1 million follower count on IG, but seems to still not be on enough people’s radars. In 2020, let’s change that.


The darling of New York underground scene, Mia Gladstone is the kaleidoscopic popstar breaking down barriers. As we reported back in September with the release of ‘Grow’, Mia’s work “sounds like a jam from the house band in an undiscovered floral paradise where marijuana is legal, Brexit isn’t a thing and the human race collectively comes together to celebrate each other and this wonderful green earth.” That about sums up the alt-pop mischief-maker, so god knows how Mia Gladstone’s going to top that in 2020, but even more reason to keep your eyes peeled.


Small but mighty, 19-year-old Mikayla Simpson AKA Koffee is the name on everyone’s lips. Dropping the now famous ‘Toast’ in 2018 (which now has over four million streams on Spotify), the Spanish Town, Jamaica star has proven herself to be a one-of-a-kind talent. Influenced by the likes of Bob Marley, Koffee is revolutionising reggae into the 21st century, and 2020 isn’t ready.


The mind behind one of 2019’s best new releases ‘DICTATOR’, REI AMI is as sweet as she is sour. The Seoul-born, Maryland-raised musician doesn’t fit in any of your boxes, and why would you want her to? ‘DICTATOR’ sees REI rap with an Ashnikko-esque vibrancy for the first half, and then break it down to an emotionally raw soft sound in the second. Multi-dimensional as hell, we can’t wait to see what REI AMI is going to give us in 2020.


He may still be in school, but Deno is making waves like it’s nobody’s business. At 16 he’s topped the charts with successive singles ‘London’, ‘Pumpy’ and the hit collab with his close friend the late great Cadet, ‘Advice (Delle Alli)’. Not stopping any time soon, Deno’s dropped his debut EP Eye 2 Eye late in 2019, featuring collaborations from the likes of Krept, Jay 1 and Canadian rapper Lil Berete. We can’t wait to see what 2020 will have in store for this wunderkid…


As we named her, Madge is a “cosmic pop star”. Hailing from LA, the polymathic queen is doing it all – she’s in a band, collaborates all over the place, sings, writes, produces, mixes… You name it, Madge is on it. After dropping her mesmerising debut EP Fight of Flight Club in 2018, this year has seen the DIY star move into new realms, so 2020 here we come.


HUNGER fave and Walthamstow’s finest, Rose Gray should without a doubt be on your playlist for 2020. Effortlessly blending soul and conversational poetry, the singer-songwriter is a rare old soul for the modern age. Dropping her debut EP this year, Blue, Lately, as well as follow up single and Harris Dickinson-directed short film ‘High Again’, we can’t wait to see what Rose will be up to in the new year.


Psychedelic songstress, this South Londoner is turning the music world on its head with her unique vibe. Raspy vocals and luscious production, Greentea Peng’s style is in equal measures lo-fi and intricate. Giving us the vibrant offering ‘Rising’ this year, it’s only going to get bigger and better in 2020.

lily moore

Discovered at just 16, singing her heart out at The Great Escape, this Brighton singer hasn’t slowed down since. Creating emotion-filled music with her soulful voice, Lily Moore’s creations are raw as they are relatable. Dropping the ‘More Moore’ mixtape late 2019, she’s collaborated with the likes of Maverick Sabre already, so there’s definitely even more vibes to come in the new decade.

2 January 2020