Sam Fender

There’s something distinctive about Sam Fender’s material: not one track is a love song. Instead, the 21-year-old writes lyrics about government surveillance, fake news, and sexual harassment – imbuing his nascent indie anthems with an acerbic bite.

The music may have been recorded in his garden shed, but it’s been mixed by Arctic Monkeys alumnus Barny Barnicott, lending his gritty vocals a radio-friendly sheen.