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A mix of the boldest women killing it in music right now

Throwing Shade gets real online, Kari Faux ditches her phone to party and Avalon Emerson drops extraterrestrial techno in this special mix

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 (“ 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.