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Nuha Ruby Ra: “These songs saved my life in many, many ways”

The art-punk’s debut EP sees her delving deep into her own truth in order to find a way out of the darkness

Ayra Starr: Nigerian teen leading her generation’s sonic revolution

Lagos-based Ayra Starr on bucking the trends in her home region and releasing her debut EP on Nigeria's iconic Mavin Records

XVOTO: extraordinary experimentalism galaxies away from reality

The London duo on divine inspiration, their manga fixation and "the year of the piñata"

Miss Grit: gritty guitar anthems tackling imposter syndrome

Margaret Sohn on how early success prompted a bout of imposter syndrome and why St Vincent's shredding skills changed everything for her

Kynsy: wit and heartbreak in Irish shredder’s indie-pop

The Dublin-based 23-year-old on her new EP, the Irish music scene and moving beyond Strokes comparisons

Lynks: tongue-in-cheek queer bangers for the ‘others’

The masked “drag monster” is on heterosexual safari with new EP ‘Smash Hits Vol. 2’

SCALPING: the sound of a metal band crashing a techno DJ set

The Bristol quartet on paying tribute to their home city’s legendary soundsystems and giving the finger to genre purists

The Lounge Society: Yorkshire teens making political punk for the dancefloor

Yorkshire teens on their dream recording with Speedy Wunderground and channelling their rural circumstance into impulsive, energetic punk.

Smoothboi Ezra: the Irish bedroom producer making ‘songs for horny teenagers in love’ 

Irish rising star Smoothboi Ezra talks small-town life, new single 'My Own Person' and the randy playlists their songs end up in

Romero: thrilling power-pop from Melbourne troublemakers

Hand-picked by Sheer Mag and Twin Peaks to support them live, Melbourne's Romero and their new single are about to make a name for themselves worldwide