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Cherym: Derry Girls making fizzing pop-punk jewels

The Northern Irish trio on their local scene and why being women in a band is not a political statement

Mysie: heartbreak and lust in Ivor Novello-winner’s warming indie-pop

The 25-year-old Londoner tells us about her intimate new EP, the power of Magic FM, and her grand plans to make music that "lives forever"

Sarah Kinsley: New Yorker’s alt-pop embraces youthful uncertainty

New York-based Sarah Kinsley on her forthcoming EP and channelling a fear of growing up into remarkably accomplished alt-pop songs

Brooke Combe: Scottish social media covers star crafting her own soul-stirring hits

The Edinburgh multi-instrumentalist on how her deeply powerful covers paved the way for her attitude-packed debut single and her ambition to one day open for Arctic Monkeys

Aziya: “I didn’t have guitar role models growing up – I want to fill that gap”

London guitar hero Aziya talks cover versions, being the change she wants to see in rock and finding a fan in Oscar-winning artist H.E.R.

The Clockworks: Galway’s Alan McGee-approved breakouts relish the competition

Galway four-piece on working with the Creation Records co-founder, how a Talk Show gig changed their mindset for good and getting to grips with London life

Raheaven: “There’s little Eritrean representation in UK music – I would like to be one of the first”

Clouds, cherubs and angels are such a central part of Rahel Yohannes’ aesthetic, it’s little surprise that her stage name harks back to the...

Horsegirl: nu-gazers leading Chicago’s musical renaissance

Chicago's Horsegirl talk suburban inspirations and the songwriting lessons learned from their heroes Stereolab

Blanketman: soaring punk-tinged indie from Manchester

Blanketman on how following in the footsteps of Manchester's guitar heroes has shaped their own determined blend of playful indie

Creams: politically incensed dystopian dark-pop from Georgia

The Tbilisi-based writer, singer and producer's eclectic debut EP is a retaliation against the political tensions within her home country