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

FEATURE:

 

The December Playlist

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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!

PHOTOS (unless otherwise stated): Getty Images

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Peggy SueSlow Fade

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PHOTO CREDIT: Penny Lane

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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PHOTO CREDIT: Hugo Anguela

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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PHOTO CREDITJake Clifford

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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PHOTO CREDITJoseph Keys

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…

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