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Move over, London! The Midlands is the new home of UK rap

Cities such as Birmingham and Coventry boast fresh new voices

Crack Cloud – ‘Pain Olympics’ review: an electrifying sonic barrage fuelled by communal spirit

The Canadian collective’s debut album feels like an extension of their invaluable work as support workers on the frontline in the fight against their country’s opioid crisis

Rejjie Snow team ups with MF DOOM and Cam O’bi on new song ‘Cookie Chips’

"It feels good to bring out this song in such an unaccustomed time and begin this new chapter in a solid and happy place"

Oracle Sisters – ‘Paris I’ EP review: a dreamy indie-folk collection for blissful days

Cryptic lyrics and mesmerising harmonies combine with jangly guitar for a dreamy introduction to Parisian duo's two-parter release

otta – ‘songbook’ review: sharp, scattergun anthems eschewing the traditional format

Channelling the frenetic energy of early-Grimes, these songs are confrontational and discombobulating by design

Connie Constance: Watford hero’s indie-rock bangers soundtrack uncomfortable conversations

Constance is ripping up the rulebook with her own independent record label and soul-drenched indie bops

What’s Your Band Called, Mate? Get to know Eades

Each week we introduce you to a brand new artist we’re going mad for here at NME Towers via our ego-busting Q&A, What’s Your Band Called, Mate?

The Academic: “There’s always room for a bit of rock’n’roll”

Ireland's rising indie upstarts tell us about new EP 'Acting My Age', working with a Kaiser Chief, playing with Rolling Stones, and "making people dance and cry at the same time"
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