FEATURE: The January Playlist - Vol. 3: Brief(ish) and Beautiful



The January Playlist


The January Playlist Vol. 3:  Brief(ish) and Beautiful 

Vol. 3:  Brief(ish) and Beautiful


EVERY week that passes makes me more excited…

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about music and what it promises. Even in the early stages of 2017, we have seen some fantastic albums arrive and big ones announced. There are, in the latest edition of The January Playlist, a lot of great songs and moments from artists both established and brand-new. I do not know what the remainder of the month holds but things have started bright and eager. I have collected together new songs from the likes of Laura Marling and FKA twigs; gems from Wild Beasts and Deaf Havana. Also, because a new David Bowie E.P. (No Plan) has been released, I include a track from that. With the weather so cold and unforgiving: sit back and enjoy a veritable banquet of stunning tunes and sensational music.


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Declan McKennaThe Kids Don’t Wanna Come Home

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uPZ98UHVOd4&w=560&h=315]

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The OrwellsBlack Francis

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AcNaveAVnII&w=560&h=315]

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Sean Paul (ft. Dua Lipa) - No Lie

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GzU8KqOY8YA&w=560&h=315]

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Sinkane - Telephone

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ojFqFU5KZIE&w=560&h=315]

HalseyNot Afraid Anymore


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Sampha(No One Knows Me) Like the Piano

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=njHcZMLDdSc&w=560&h=315]

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Temples Strange or Be Forgotten

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fEyydJOuR0A&w=560&h=315]

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FKA twigsTrust in Me

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fh772V1KyXk&w=560&h=315]

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Slovedive Star Roving

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZJEjbpLCzMA&w=560&h=315]

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Fergie Life Goes On

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6X_C9E55CfM&w=560&h=315]

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Wild BeastsHe the Colossus

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kK4p_cE1Fw4&w=560&h=315]

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You Me at 6Night People

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-uitU1ndO3s&w=560&h=315]

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Flo Morrissey and Matthew E. WhiteGrease

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8QuwwnNIZ3I&w=560&h=315]

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The Big MoonHold This

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JwnBcM7l3jU&w=560&h=315]

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David Bowie Killing a Little Time

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OpzVxylreME&w=560&h=315]

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Deaf HavanaFever

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cn3y1vEk7E8&w=560&h=315]

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Bonobo (ft. Nick Murphy)No Reason

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xom7ukBsjhA&w=560&h=315]

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VantDo You Know Me?

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Yo4Iw0qITA&w=560&h=315]

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Laura MarlingWildfire

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0EUdZFcq-QE&w=560&h=315]

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Xiu XiuJenny GoGo

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WMT6MsA3ut8&w=560&h=315]

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Minor VictoriesScattered Ashes (Orchestral Variation)

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=016nMJtFHpA&w=560&h=315]

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Charlie CunninghamMinimum

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rla-ApYLF_c&w=560&h=315]

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Bruising What It Feels Like

[soundcloud url="https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/300881749" params="auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&visual=true" width="100%" height="450" iframe="true" /]

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The Flaming LipsWe a Famly

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PPyEjQLS85s&w=560&h=315]

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The Proper OrnamentsBridge by a Tunnel

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qNcW7AZYR6o&w=560&h=315]

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Jens Lekman - What’s That Perfume That You Wear?

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W3L8KEIMDRE&w=560&h=315]

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Sleaford ModsB.H.S.

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GQZN01Cqzek&w=560&h=315]

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Dream WifeF.U.U.

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D4UkkXoXdvs&w=560&h=315]

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Playboy Manbaby - You Can Be a Fascist Too

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Colton DixonAll That Matters

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XlRaXtV4bTA&w=560&h=315]

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Robyn (ft. Mr. Tophat)Right Time

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eyQl__WTEwo&w=560&h=315]

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Aston MerrygoldOne Night in Paris

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4--D_btofYM&w=560&h=315]

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[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KtWUCnLMIKQ&w=560&h=315]

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Diplo & AutoerotiqueWaist Time

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fCsxkBlEmj4&w=560&h=315]

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[soundcloud url="https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/301598997" params="auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&visual=true" width="100%" height="450" iframe="true" /]

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Grey (ft. Bahari)I Miss You

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=COxmibd0uSI&w=560&h=315]

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WileyCan’t Go Wrong

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cGP6p18H2sU&w=560&h=315]

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Julia MichaelsIssues

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7dqMyh4ILIg&w=560&h=315]

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SydAll About Me

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vbHkUKFL3LQ&w=560&h=315]

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Tiesto (ft. Bright Sparks)On My Way (Extended Mix)

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o12VY95BncQ&w=560&h=315]

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Una Healy (ft. Sam Palladio)Stay My Love

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KkPGHWYqdLg&w=560&h=315]

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Kiesza Dearly Beloved

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SpNvf43V_Nk&w=560&h=315]

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NaivesCrystal Clear

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qh-nc9T9of4&w=560&h=315]

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FlorHold On

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vi5wR--nuhA&w=560&h=315]

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Madeleine DopicoNice Boy

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bD7oPOBhkHI&w=560&h=315]

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Niki & the Dove - Coconut Kiss

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-_biR2Lz2I&w=560&h=315]

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Trish Clowes My Iris

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jrzkd3vKyfw&w=560&h=315]

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LÉON – Liar

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h88bEXjhY3s&w=560&h=315]

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Nnamdi Ogbonnayalet gO Of my egO

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_ixnVLgVJI&w=560&h=315]

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Blaenavon - Orthodox Man

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6VxmbYaNUDY&w=560&h=315]

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[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kw67hN3uIuU&w=560&h=315]

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The Pigeon DetectivesSounding the Alarm

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sq-M3lYlsxs&w=560&h=315]

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Beaty HeartGlazed

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0zUJOAqEyM&w=560&h=315]

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Exam Season - Everything Is Salted Caramel

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1HK5aMHbFec&w=560&h=315]

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Cloud Nothings Internal World

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gQUcpNi8T_8&w=560&h=315]

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Vitalic (ft. Mark Kerr ) - Use It Or Lose It

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J4IEHrFI07w&w=560&h=315]

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Horse ThiefLittle One

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qXgwaAb1xos&w=560&h=315]

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Mark Eitzel An Answer

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OBxAS5_aSic&w=560&h=315]

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James JohnstonI’d Give You Anything

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JjMf6k7Oq4Y&w=560&h=315]

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Lanz Pierce - Ghost

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BIaejKDsnxw&w=560&h=315]

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Mick HarveyContact

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3v8EB2uIJAM&w=560&h=315]

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Wiz Khalifa - Wit the Kids

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3bk9DFf5dLg&w=560&h=315]

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Bebe Rexha - I Got You

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uEJuoEs1UxY&w=560&h=315]

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Austra Utopia

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7rzmhbiKUo0&w=560&h=315]

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One Ok Rock Bedroom Warfare

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a0mnMzAAv7Q&w=560&h=315]

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Pain of SalvationReasons

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i_qZpLgvdOI&w=560&h=315]

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I have alluded to (in the header of this feature) it is a brief Playlist – for me, anyway. The fact is, there are a lot of great songs out there so it is quite hard capturing them all and getting a proper grip. It is encouraging seeing music step up to the plate of 2017 and really show some guts. As bands and artists are primed to deliver incredible albums/songs in the coming weeks: it seems January’s music is a lot more pleasant, clement and nourishing than the British weather. With that in mind, it is worth shutting the door and blanking the outside world out a bit – enjoying that music and forgetting about things for a bit.