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Women have long been a power in rock music, from the totemic breakthough of Fanny in the early Seventies, through punk icons such as Patti Smith, Siouxsie Sioux and The Slits, right up through the likes of PJ Harvey, Courtney Love and Bikini Kill, to today’s Haim, Deap Vally, (the female-fronted) Wolf Alice and Savages. The last of those are on our playlist but, for the most part, we aim to showcase artists who are new (or new-ish) and, perhaps, not quite as on the media radar, starting with shouty opener ‘Diet Coke’ by American punkers Priests.

Priests are fronted be the raucous Katie Alice Greer, and there are plenty on our playlist who give her a run for her money in attacking the microphone with some seriously raw vocals. South London feminists Petrol Girls and mysterious newcomers, The Stranges, for starters, strain their vocal chords to the max. If the sound of those bands has a caustic edge, there are also plenty here who intertwine their guitars with a pop sensibility.

High on the crossover potential list are Brighton’s rising buzz-pop outfit Black Honey, atmospheric Australian, post-Lorde rocker Tasha Sultana, Norwegian power pop four-piece Sløtface, Iggy Pop’s Mancunian mates, Pins, and fellow Mancs, Pale Waves (whose song here was produced by The 1975). Women are, indeed, far less inclined to use music simply release bullish aggression, thus there’s a fascinatingly wide array of styles on offer.

Check out the London-Spanish four-piece Anteros, whose contagious style is somewhere between Kaiser Chiefs, glam rock and something far funkier. Or Swedish artiste Nicole Sabouné’s mournful Gothic cover of Madonna’s ‘Frozen’. Or the easy-listening kitsch of avant-pop supergroup Vanishing Twin. Or 21 year old Hannah Rodgers’ sci-fi Grimes-goes-motorik groove under the moniker Pixx. Or the catchy epic songwriting of Texan prog-metallers Oceans of Slumber. The music made by all these women – backed by their male associates – is so richly diverse and full of vim, there’s nothing left to do but get stuck in.

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