Listen to highlights from all the best new artists of the last few months in the Best New Artists playlist on Spotify.

This month's round-up of Best New Artists is an indication of how wide open things are right now. There are fewer restrictions than ever on young artists—genres, geographical barriers, and stereotypes are out the window, and it's leading to an exciting new era of music. Risk-taking is paying off, and in the constant battle for attention in a noisy, cluttered ecosystem, being different is a must.