FEATURE: The January Playlist: Vol. 5: A Time to Hold On



The January Playlist


The January Playlist Vol. 5: A Time to Hold On


Vol. 5: A Time to Hold On


I seem to contextualise every new post with regards Donald Trump’s…

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presidency. It has been a rather ‘predictable’ start for the orange-skinned tyrant. Determined to ban every minority and foreigner from the country; ban abortion and deny climate change – there are few humans out there who are confident of positive change and harmony. Regardless, music is here and is, as always, the shoulder we can all cry on. This week, there are some fantastic new tracks and underground gems. January is almost over so a perfect time to cram some brilliant music into another bumper edition. Aside from some Dutch Uncles and Elbow; there are some new cuts from Nelly Furtado, Father John Misty and Rag ‘n’ Bone Man. If that wasn’t enough, I have been scouring the hottest fresh cuts from R&B, Hip-Hop and Indie – making sure there is no stone left unturned. Have a good look and listen and hopefully there will be something in there that sticks in the mind. If not, I shall make sure I try a lot harder in February’s first Playlist!


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Dutch UnclesOh Yeah

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Nelly FurtadoCold Hard Truth

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Ed SheeranCastle on the Hill

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Pond Sweep Me Off My Feet

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Pulled Apart by HorsesHotel Motivation

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Circa Waves Wake Up

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Shy Luv ft. JonesShock Horror

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Ty Segall Break a Guitar

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Austra I Love You More Than You Love Yourself

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Rag ‘n’ Bone Man Skin

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Yasutaka Nakata (ft. Charli XCX and Kyary Pamyu Pamyu) Crazy Crazy

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Father John MistyPure Comedy

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Joe GoddardMusic Is the Answer

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SkottGlitter & Gloss

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Louise LemónEgyptian Darkness

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Clouds NothingEnter Entirely

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Rex Orange CountyBest Friend

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Hannah Lou ClarkDon’t Sweat It

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Young Fathers (ft. Leith Congregational Choir)Only God Knows

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SZADrew Barrymore

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DouniaEast Coast Hiding

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Izzy Bizu Talking to You

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Chase Atlantic Church

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Kehlani Do U Dirty

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Dan CrollAway from Today

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Sophie Ellis-BextorWild Forever

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Valerie JuneShakedown

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Rose Elinor DougallStellular

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Jessie ReyezShutter Island

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Horse ThiefAnother Youth

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Cascada Run

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Ásgeir Unbound

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Little MixTouch

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L.A. SalamiI Can’t Slow Her Down

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Nick GrantLuxury Vintage Touch

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Dave (ft. J. Hus) – Samantha

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Martin Garrix (ft. Dua Lipa)Scared to be Lonely

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Elbow Gentle Storm

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Shotgun MouthwashHigh Contrast

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ZAYN and Taylor SwiftI Don’t Wanna Live Forever

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DecadeBrand New Again

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Lost Kings (ft. Tinashe) – Quit You

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Rejjie Snow Crooked Cops

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The Knocks (ft. Jerm)Lie

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BahariGet Together

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Ward ThomasBoomerang

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Luke Sital-SinghKilling Me

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Machine Gun Kelly Dopeman

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Urban ConeOld School

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Imelda May (ft. Jeff Beck)Black Tears

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Bell Biv DeVoeI’m Betta

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Allison CrutchfieldI Don’t Ever Wanna Leave California

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Major Lazer (Ft. PARTYNEXTDOOR & Nicki Minaj) Run Up

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JapandroidsNo Known Drink or Drug

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Jamiroquai Automaton

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Migos Big on Big

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ClovesBetter Now

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R3hab (ft. Verite)Trouble

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Frank Carter & the RattlesnakesBluebelle

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Pissed JeansIgnorecam

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Stefflon Don (ft. Giggs)Real Ting Remix

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Tift MerrittStitch of the World

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PriestsNothing Feels Natural

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Matt Martians (ft. Syd & Steve Lacy)Dent Jusay’

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Johnny FlynnRaising the Dead

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Missy Elliott (ft. Lamb)I’m Better

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Rolling Blackouts Coastal FeverFrench Press

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I am seeing a lot of great albums arrive and some awesome new songs approach. It seems like there is no let-up in the sheer volume and quality of 2017’s music. This first month has been a bold and consistent one and follows on from 2016. That was a marvellous year: this one is shaping up to be even better and more astonishing. I cannot wait to hear what February has in mind – January has been a really full and flavoursome one. We have been witness to the succession of Donald Trump and his mad brand of politics. As I keep saying time again: this is the time to stick together and let music stand up for everyone. It is that unifying force that will never disappoint. That is evident and clear as this week’s selection of new songs proves – another sumptuous banquet of song.


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