This is a new thing I'm trying out – a massive, spend-the-festive-season-reading-it-go-on list of most of the music features that have appeared in the Guide this year. Thank you to all the artists, writers, photographers and everyone else involved for pulling off such superb articles. At a time of an increasingly strangled print press and an underground that lives online, it's so exciting that we can still do stuff like this.
Selected features and cover stories
Ezra Furman writes…
Pretty punk rock: how Ezra Furman found freedom in gender fluidity
Hot Chip guest edit
Alexis Taylor and David Byrne: in conversation
Vince Staples by Ben Beaumont Thomas
Vince Staples: 'I started gangbanging because I wanted to kill people’
Father John Misty by Rhik Samadder
Father John Misty: ‘I just wanted to write about love without bullshitting’
Benga by Kate Hutchinson
Benga: 'Nobody wants to come clean, let alone an artist'
Brian Eno and EIY by Luke Turner
Brian Eno meets East India Youth: ‘I find songs such a tired format’
PC Music by Sam Wolfson
PC Music: the future of pop or 'contemptuous parody'?
Four Tet by Louis Pattison
Four Tet: ‘The club is my world now’
Micachu by Tshepo Mokoena
Mica Levi: ‘If you’re going to make something, you should try and be wild’
Jenny Hval by Sharon O'Connell
Jenny Hval: expressing 'the ordinary, everyday sexuality' in song
Foals by Rhik Samadder
Foals: ‘Being self-destructive brings out your best art'
Annie Mac by Eve Barlow
Annie Mac: ‘I’m more than just the dance girl’
Julia Holter by Kate Hutchinson
Julia Holter: ‘People just want to conquer somebody’
Emmy The Great writes…
Robots, rental popstars and Spotify domination: is this the future of music?
Slaves by Kevin EG Perry
Slaves: meet the young Kent punks putting the party in the political
Little Simz by Alexi Duggins
Little Simz: ‘I’m not a UK female MC, I’m an artist'
Ian McQuaid on Vic Mensa
Vic Mensa: meet Kanye's punk protege
Gwenno by Laura Snapes
Gwenno: the ex-Pipette is leading the Welsh-speaking music revival
Dam-Funk by Lanre Bakare
Dam-Funk: ‘I’m not old school or new school. I’m timeless’
LA Priest by Sam Richards
LA Priest: ‘I’m not trying to be freaky for the sake of it’
US Girls by Sharon O'Connell
US Girls: ‘I like to do the opposite of everything that is making money’
SOAK by Hannah J Davies
SOAK: the indie-folk prodigy fighting for gay rights in Northern Ireland
BOOTS by Al Horner
From living in his car to writing for Beyoncé: who is Boots?
Hudson Mohawke by Ian McQuaid
Kanye West's got-to guy is changing the face of pop
Grimes by Rachel Aroesti
Grimes: 'In my life, I'm a lot more weird than this'
Stealing Sheep by Emily Mackay
Dream team: how Stealing Sheep gave psych a new vision
Metz by Lanre Bakare
Metz: ‘If you can smother a melody in noise and grit, that’s perfect’
Shamir by Hermione Hoby
Shamir : ‘I never felt like a boy or a girl, that I should dress like this or that’
Peace by Sam Richards
Peace: 'We want a song that is celebrated by all humans'
Wolf Alice by Rachel Aroesti
Wolf Alice: ‘We’ve got to a nice, boring middle ground’
Ian McQuaid on Boiler Room
Stream team: how Boiler Room changed the face of live music
Girl Band by Phil Harrison
Chaos theory: meet Dublin's raucous noise rockers Girl Band
Menace Beach by Tshepo Mokoena
Menace Beach: 'You need this many people to make this much noise'
Young Fathers by Paul MacInnes
Young Fathers: ‘We’re putting something out there that needs to be said’
Selected music columns
Príncipe Discos: the new club sensation from the Portuguese projects
How Bugzy Malone put Manchester on the grime map
No Man’s Sky: how a cult band created the game’s endless musical universe
Golden Cabinet: the club that brings the hip to Shipley
Better Swede symphony: how a new generation is redefining Scandipop
Petite Meller: the pop star ‘bringing libidinal unconscious dreams into reality’
Summer Camp: why being married and in a band sucks
Beat surrender: are we in the midst of a broken beat revival?
Blackgaze: meet the bands taking black metal out of the shadows
Living the Hream: Doug Hream Blunt is the latest artist whose ‘lost’ work is finally being discovered
Reykjavik rappin’: how Iceland’s cool kids created a hotbed of hip-hop
ASMR: the new sensation that’s (literally) making people tingle
Last trance saloon: why is music's cheesiest genre making a comeback?
Korean pop: can 'baddest female' CL topple the divas of the West?
The synth revival: why the Moog is back in vogue
Perfect Pussy’s Meredith Graves: taking the feminist fight to punk's patriarchy
Pit parties: taking the gig right to the fans
Fortitude: Ben Frost knows the score when it comes to making TV sound cool
Supernormal, Tusk, Supersonic: the UK's new wave of DIY music festivals