It’s International Women’s Day, so we’re celebrating the cultural, political and social achievements of women worldwide. And who better to lead the parade than the female anthem-makers hitting it big in 2016? Our playlist kicks off with the bubblegum explosion of a collab between Charli XCX and PC Music’s Hannah Diamond, dreamy R&B queen Kilo Kish and Warp’s Lafawndah as she rallies for civil disobedience with a throbbing beat.
Brooke Candy (“...is my name but there’s nothing sweet about me”) is back with the Sia-produced, bittersweet synthy “Happy Days”, and the killer partnerships continue with Empress Of’s hypnotic remix of Chairlift’s “Romeo” and D∆WN lending her vocals to London-based producer et aliae’s experimental introspective “Sober”. International bangers like Rihanna’s ode to the guy she couldn’t give less of a fuck about and Santigold’s tales of a conflicted reality sit among newfound treasures from women of the underground, including digi-pop artist Rina Sawayama and lo-fi, lilac-haired Jaja Kisses.
This playlist is a tiny window into a world where women are killing it right now; but sit back and revel in a small selection of explosive, female-fronted tracks from the year so far.