FEATURE: The December Playlist: Vol.4: Where The Streets Have Hard Rain

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The December Playlist

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Vol.4: Where The Streets Have Hard Rain

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ALTHOUGH this is the sparsest Playlist

IN THIS PHOTO: Laura Marling

of the year; I feel it is one of the most interesting, too! Being so close to Christmas Day; I was not expecting a lot of new releases to arrive. Not only is there a stunning Bob Dylan cover from Laura Marling – there are new releases from Good Charlotte, Migos and ALICE. Videos from Björk, Katy Perry and PALE WAVES are out and, whilst there are few big-name releases this close to Christmas; the arrival of two new tracks from The Streets has been turning heads – I have featured Sometimes I Hate My Friends More Than My Enemies. It is an unexpected from Mike Skinner – and makes one wonder whether a future album from The Streets is a possibility!

I guess that is a nice Christmas treat and a great way of kicking off 2017’s penultimate Playlist. Take a listen to the new treats and tunes; the varied mixes and great videos; the blend of Christmas sounds and traditional releases – showing music is not going to rest; regardless of the time of year!

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Run the JewelsCall Ticketron

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The StreetsSometimes I Hate My Friends More Than My Enemies

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Stormzy (ft. MNEK)Blinded by Your Grace Pt. 2

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Laura MarlingA Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall

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ALICE Hung Up

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Katy PerryHey Hey Hey

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Zoe NashRather Die

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BjörkArisen My Senses

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Whethan (ft. Opia)Aftertaste

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Black FuturesKarma You Dig!?

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PALE WAVES – My Obsession

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Twelve’Len and Allan KingdomAlmost There

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Gioli and AssiaStarry Nights

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Mali-KoaHonest

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Little ShadowsCollege

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Manic FocusPotatoes and Steak

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Sugarland – Still the Same

Travis Scott Quavo Huncho Jack Jack Huncho Stream 2017

Huncho Jack, Travis Scott and QuavoModern Slavery

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RAPMAN 2017 Wrap Up

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Good CharlotteAwful Things

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James Mercer and AmeriaFractures

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BETSYHeavy Head (Acoustic)

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Jonathan WilsonOver the Midnight

HomeboundBound to Be

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MaliaNaked

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Migos – Stir Fry

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Bleach BabyBe So Good

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First Aid Kit Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (Live from BBC Radio 2)

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Ayo & TeoLike Us

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BLVK JVCK (ft. H.E.R.)Mine Luv

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Gavin JamesHard to Do

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Nafets Needles

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Cardi B (ft. 21 Savage) – Better Cardi

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Kesha – This Is Me

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Joan as Police WomanWonderful

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Imagine Dragons & Khalid – Thunder/Young, Dumb & Broke

End of Eras: a comprehensive guide to Panic! At The Disco

Panic! at the Disco – Feels Like Christmas

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Kina GrannisWhen You Come Back Down

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Thomas RhettMarry Me

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Dr VadesYou’re the One

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Glen HansardWreckless Heart

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I was not expecting a Bob Dylan cover and a new track from The Streets at any point this year – not least a couple of days before Christmas! It is another unexpected and surprising week of music that has provided plenty of curiosity, pleasure and energy. I am letting The Streets’ new cuts sink in and it is exciting seeing where that can go – the best of the rest is an exciting and interesting brew that bodes well for 2018…

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FEATURE: The December Playlist: Vol.3: Nine Days to Go…

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The December Playlist

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Vol.3: Nine Days to Go…

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THE countdown has begun…

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and people are decorating the tree, getting the last of the shopping done; putting plans in order – looking forward to the last working week (before the big day itself!). The penultimate Playlist before Christmas brings together an odd, but terrific, assortment of sounds together. Johnny Marr and Maxine Peake are not names you’d expect to feature in the same piece of music – they have unveiled an intriguing piece in The Priest. MGMT, Eminem and Charli XCX are in the pack; Anne-Marie, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard have new cuts out – so too does Skepta and Sheryl Crow.

Another wonderful and busy Playlist that is sure to keep the mouths watered and show that not everything music-based right now is Christmas-themed. It will be fascinating seeing whether next week’s crop of new music brings us a stocking filled with treats and treasures!

ALL PHOTOS (unless stated otherwise): Getty Images

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Johnny Marr and Maxine PeakeThe Priest

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MGMT – When You Die

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Skepta (ft. A$AP Rocky & A$AP Nast) – Ghost Ride

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Tears for FearsI Love You But I’m Lost

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King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – All Is Known

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Moby Like a Motherless Child

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Anne-Marie – Then

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Louis the Child (ft.Caroline Ailin)Last to Leave

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Captain SKA – Sons and Daughters

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Michael Ball and Alfie – Bring Me Sunshine

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Ralph McTell (ft. the Crisis Choir and Annie Lennox) – Streets of London

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Scouting for Girls – Kids at Christmas

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Sheryl Crow – The Dreaming Kind

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AYAHeal Me Now

 

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Car Seat Headrest Beach Life-In-Death

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MorningsidersHoney Told Me

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Choirs With Purpose (ft. Michelle McManus) – We All Stand Together

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Eminem – Untouchable

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Gabriel & Dresden (ft. Sub Teal) – Only Road

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G-Eazy (ft. Son Lux) Eazy 

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Jeezy – Spyder

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John Williams – The Supremacy

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DJ Earworm MashupUnited State of Pop 2017 (How We Do It)

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Billie Eilish & Vince Staples&burn

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Khalid Saved

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Anitta & J Balvin (ft. Lele Pons & Juanpa Zurita)Downtown 

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DRAM and Neil Young Campfire

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PHOTO CREDITRobert McCulley

Mo Pitney Take the Chance

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Jaden SmithGeorge Jeff

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Lindsey StirlingAngels We Have Heard on High

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Lily Allen (ft. Giggs) Trigger Bang

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PoppyBleach Blonde Baby

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N.E.R.D (ft. Kendrick Lamar) – Don’t Don’t Do It

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Camila Cabello & Grey Crown

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Nick JonasHome

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Jennifer HudsonBurden Down

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Shovels & Rope (ft. The Milk Carton Kids) – Patience

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BjörkUtopia

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Luke Sital-Singh Thirteen

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Charli XCX (ft. Kim Petras and Jay Park)Unlock It

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Austra Change the Paradigm

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Oh SeesDrowned Beast

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Sylvan EssoThere Are Many Ways to Say I Love You

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POM Sway

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Weslee – Boy Like You

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MarmozetsMajor System Error

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Yungblud – Tin Pan Boy

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Noah KahanHurt Somebody

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Justin NozukaHourglass

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Azusena Shiva

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Baker Grace – Day I Die

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Tricky (ft. Francesca Belmonte)New Stole

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saib.Café

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Grace Weber – Elated

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Boosie BadazzMe, Myself & I

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Lucy Dacus Night Shift

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Honors Valleys

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Bhad Bhabie Mama Don’t Worry (Still Ain’t Dirty)

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Peace From Under Liquid Glass

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Toothless Leave Take Lend

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AWOLNATION Miracle Man

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IN THIS PHOTO: King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard

There sure is a lot to get the teeth into this week!

It shows, even though 2018 is a matter of days away, artists are not relenting – determined to add their mark to 2017 and ensure it is given a mighty send-off! Let’s hope that continues for the remaining two weeks: who knows what gems and delights will be uncovered!

FEATURE: The December Playlist Vol.2: We’re Untouchable, Manic and Blue (and Completely Out of Our Heads…)

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The December Playlist

 Charli XCX

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Vol.2: We’re Untouchable, Manic and Blue (and Completely Out of Our Heads…)

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WHEN you think you have music all figured out

Manic Street Preachers' announce new album 'Resistance Is Futile'

IN THIS PHOTO: Manic Street Preachers/PHOTO CREDIT: Alex Lake

it will, invariably, kick you in the midriff and surprise you! That is the case this week – as I predicted things would get quiet and unexciting as we head towards Christmas – with potential Christmas-related syrup being replaced by some proper-big tunes! Not only are there new cuts from Eminem and Charli XCX – there is an unexpected offering from Manic Street Preachers! The Welsh band, in a classic hype move, suggested they were struggling for new material and would not be releasing material in the foreseeable future. That was all hoodwinking – as the guys are back with International Blue! It is the first single from the forthcoming L.P., Resistance Is Futile, but is certainly promising good things!

Elsewhere in music; there are videos/cuts from Liv Dawson, Father John Misty and Sufjan Stevens; The Orwells, Camila Cabello and Wiley. There is ample stock for any music fan and a timely reminder we cannot predict how much will fare; what seasons and times will be quiet or packed; whether it will be eventful or not. As things tick towards that festive day, we are seeing some terrific songs crop up and ensure the final days of 2017 are going out with a bang!

ALL PHOTOS (unless stated otherwise): Getty Images

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BTS – Crystal Snow

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Camila Cabello – Never Be the Same

Charli XCX (ft. Tove Lo & ALMA) – Out of My Head

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Eminem – Untouchable

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G-Eazy (ft. Charlie Puth) – Sober

Image may contain: 1 person, closeupTom SpeightYoung Heart

Image may contain: one or more people and closeupGrace Carter – Ashes

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The Jive Aces – What a Wonderful World

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KDA (ft. Patrick Cash) – Hate Me

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Liv Dawson – Hush

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PHOTO CREDIT: Ed Miles/NME

Manic Street Preachers – International Blue

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Turin Brakes Would You Be Mine

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Migos & Marshmello – Danger

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Original Dodger & Shakka – Find Space

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Frank Sinatra & Seal – Santa Claus Is Coming to Town

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Rhye – Count to Five

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Sharna Bass – Express My Mind

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Wiley (ft. D Double E and Scratchy) – Bar

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The Wombats – Turn

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Billy Cullum – Lost in You

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Dan Michaelson – Careless

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Jaykae – Pull Up

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Talib Kweli – Knockturnal

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The Orwells Vanilla

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PHOTO CREDITJonathan Weiner

Poliça and s t a r g a z eAgree

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Franz FerdinandAlways Ascending

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Dan CaplanTwo Fingers

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Rae MorrisAtletico

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Moose Blood Talk in Your Sleep

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Father John MistyLeaving L.A.

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N.E.R.D & Future  1000

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MaidaySome Hard Feelings

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BlondieDoom or Destiny

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The Big Moon Happy New Year

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LA PriestAll I Want for Xmas Is Rock & Roll

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Black FoxxesSæla

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Sufjan Stevens Tonya Harding

 

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Kailee MorgueDiscovery

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Nick J.D. HodgsonRSVP

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Nicolas JaarCoin in Nine Hands

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Tune-YardsABC 123

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Belle & Sebastian Fickle Season

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Gaffa Tape SandyBeehive

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Gender Roles Plastic

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SOPHIE Ponyboy

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Sports TeamBeverly Rose

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VeraMystery

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Dermot KennedyMoments Passed

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BahamasWay With Words

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PHOTO CREDIT: Jamie Harding

Fenne LilyFor a While

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Tommy AshbyGuilty 

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NIGHT FLIGHTAmsterdam

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Hollywood Undead (ft. B-Real) – Black Cadillac

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Rejjie SnowMilk & Honey

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Dreezy (ft. 6LACK, Kodak Black) Spar

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Lecrae Broke

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Duke of WolvesWithout a Name

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GeowulfHideaway

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Grace VanderWaal – So Much More Than This

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Justine SkyeGoodlove

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Moon TaxiGood as Gold

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It is the time of year our minds are turning to Christmas and what is to come. I am always looking forward in music and what is around the corner. This year has seen so many great artists emerge and fantastic albums released. The quality of music has been incredibly high and, with every passing week, new twists and turns thrown into the agenda. This week is no exception and one that sees titans like Manic Street Preachers and Eminem nestle alongside unsigned and independent treasures.

Surely the final few weeks of December cannot keep the standard this high, you’d think! I will keep my eyes peeled and trained as, with one lobe committed to Christmas; the curiosity-bulb is kept lit and activated. Music, whatever your tastes, continues to surprise – producing sounds of the highest quality!

FEATURE: The December Playlist: Vol.1: Here Come the Christmas Songs!

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The December Playlist

Image may contain: 3 people, outdoor, food and nature IN THIS PHOTO: Wolf Alice/PHOTO CREDIT: @jonowhite_

Vol.1: Here Come the Christmas Songs!

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IT was only a matter of time…

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IN THIS PHOTO: Dita Von Teese/PHOTO CREDIT: @jennifermitchellphotography

before the Christmas numbers unwrapped themselves before our eyes! Wolf Alice, George Ezra and MiC LOWRY are among an eclectic selection of artists releasing Christmas-themed songs this week. I know more will come but there are a few interesting festive tracks worth your time and attention. Away from the approaching merriment; we must be sure to promote those more traditional numbers. Everyone from Sigrid and Dita Von Teese have new material out; Graham Coxon is in there, too. Among the fresh singles/videos are offerings by The National, The Fratellis and St. Vincent – with a bit of Django Django and First Aid Kit for good measure (and a few songs/videos I missed when they first came out)!

It is the start of December so this month of Playlist entries is likely to see a change from the usual fare to something with more tinsel around it. That might not be a bad thing: the crop of Christmas numbers this week is not completely awful. I am pleased there are some great non-Christmas songs that keep the purists happy and provide a nice balance – all things considered; quite an interesting week for music!

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Peggy SueSlow Fade

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Dita Von TeeseRendez-vous

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PHOTO CREDIT: Nedda Afsari Muted Fawn

St. Vincent Pills

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Mina Rose When I Was with You

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Isaac Gracie – Terrified

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George EzraWhite Christmas (Recorded at Air Studios)

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Graham Coxon – Falling

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The Fratellis Stand up Tragedy

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SigridStrangers

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Nick JonasWatch Me

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The NationalDark Side of the Gym

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Mella DeeTechno Disco Tool

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Field Music – Count It Up

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Public Access T.V.Metrotech

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SpectorUntitled in D

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First Aid KitFireworks

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A$AP Ferg (ft. A$AP Rocky)The Mattress

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Tyga (ft. 24hrs)Mercedes Baby

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ThunderpussySpeed Queen

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Sigourney KSmall Talk

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HopsinIll Mind of Hospin

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Billy CorganPillbox

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Meek Mill Fall Thru

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Yo GottiJuice

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The ManorThe Sesh

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Django Django – In Your Beat

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Liima  Life Is Dangerous

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Robbie Williams Satellites

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God DamnI’ll Bury You

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PHOTO CREDIT: jonowhite_

Wolf AliceSanta Baby (Recorded at Strongroom Studios)

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Ed Sheeran (with Beyoncé)Perfect Duet

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JaykaeMoscow

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LoahNothing

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Queens of The Stone AgeThe Way You Used to Do

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Egyptian BlueCut Me a Hole

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MahaliaNo Pressure

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AFSHeeN x Rebecca Ferguson – Uncrazy

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PRETTYMUCH and French MontanaNo More

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Jax Jones (ft. Ina Wroldsen) – Breathe

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Catholic ActionNo Angels

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Logic & Rag ‘n’ Bone Man – Broken People

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Demi LovatoTell Me You Love Me

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PentatonixDeck the Halls

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Roy WoodsMonday to Monday

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Sasha Sloan – Runaway

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THE Faceless – In Becoming a Ghost

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The Go! TeamMayday

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U2 – Lights of Home

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Sam SmithOne Last Song

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Jessie ReyezCotton Candy

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DJDS and Empress OfLove

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OK Go Obsession

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Will HeardFallin’ 4 U

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Carlie HansonOnly One

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HonorsAll My Life

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Kane BrownFound You

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Delorentos In Darkness We Feel Our Way

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Too Close to Touch – Before I Cave In

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Louis Tomlinson – Miss You

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Bruno MajorI Think It Must Be Christmas

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N.E.R.D (ft. Future) – 1000

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Ms BanksBangs

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MiC LOWRYHave Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

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Van Morrison – Let’s Get Lost

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J. Balvin, Willy William (with Anwar Jibawi)Mi Gente (Alesso Remix)

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G-Eazy and HalseyHim & I

 

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DZ DeathraysTotal Meltdown

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Yogi, DRAM and Lady LeshurrCakin’

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LissieBlood & Muscle

IN THIS PHOTO: Sigrid/PHOTO CREDIT: Apple Music

It is true there is an influx of Christmas music but, I guess the closer we get to the day, the more songs we will see – those that replace traditional, year-round subjects with festive input. The ones out there this week are not too bad, mind! I have been surprised by the quality and originality of what is on offer. We all look forward to Christmas – most of us do, anyway – but it is nice seeing that balance of conventional songs with the snow-tinted sounds of Christmas releases.

Who knows whether there will be a lot of fresh Christmas tracks next week – one assumes there will be a fair few! I know there are going to be some big releases and surprised along the way. This is what you expect from the depths and range of music: an industry that keeps you on your toes! This year has been a fantastic one for music so let’s hope this continues as we go through December…