Your Weekly Women to Listen to: Lady Sovereign, Frida Hyvönen, Miho Hatori and more

Once again, my iPod totally let me down on my bike ride to work this morning. I’m not just talking about slow songs, I’m talking about the weight loss hypnosis podcasts I have on there that kept popping up. I was hoping to get a bit of inspiration for today’s group of women and instead I was almost lulled into a deep sleep while weaving in and out of people wearing rollerblades and pushing strollers.

It’s not like I don’t have a bunch of great ladies in my arsenal to direct you to, it’s just that sometimes I like to let my iPod be my magic 8 ball and decide for me.

Here are 10 more women you should give a listen to.

Lady Sovereign

File Under: Fast-rapping MC that can put you in your place with a smile on her face but can also bring a more calmed down side of things. (See: “So Human.")
From: The UK
For fans of: Lily Allen, The Streets, dub, wit, Dizzee Rascal
Bonus: She finally came out — high five!

Nina Simone

File Under: Old school jazzy soul that overwhelms your senses the second her deep voice hits your ears
From: North Carolina
For fans of: Going back to your roots, emo-gospel, activism, reading, John Coltrane, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald
Bonus: Nina has been credited as an inspiration for many artists including but not limited to Amanda Palmer, Jeff Buckley, Mary J. Blige, Lauryn Hill and Alicia Keys.

The Be Good Tanyas

File Under: Folky country soul with fantastic vocals and harmony
From: Oh Canada
For fans of: Ani Difranco, bluegrass, Juno, Po’ Girl, knitting, cornbread
Bonus: Frazey Ford’s solo album is fantastic and a must-have for any CD collection.

Tanya Donelly

File Under: Alt-country, indie folk, one of the most important female musicians to come out of the ’90s.
From: Rhode Island (where they film Family Guy)
For fans of: Soft voices, lyrics, Belly, Juliana Hatfield, flannel button down shirts worn with leggings and a stocking cap
Bonus: Donelly was a founding member of Throwing Muses, The Breeders and Belly. Basically, she is amazing.