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

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fBpKDsZrQD0&w=560&h=315]

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Nelly FurtadoCold Hard Truth

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=whzFyux-oz4&w=560&h=315]

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Ed SheeranCastle on the Hill

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0ibBPhiaG0&w=560&h=315]

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Pond Sweep Me Off My Feet

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

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Pulled Apart by HorsesHotel Motivation

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CsPz1tull-Y&w=560&h=315]

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Circa Waves Wake Up

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wk6ALqQLits&w=560&h=315]

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Shy Luv ft. JonesShock Horror

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vehdGO-zIY8&w=560&h=315]

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Ty Segall Break a Guitar

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3dN4-zUqEQ0&w=560&h=315]

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Austra I Love You More Than You Love Yourself

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HaWnM6cmB0E&w=560&h=315]

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Rag ‘n’ Bone Man Skin

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yU6gG-p5FZc&w=560&h=315]

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

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JV3eoboDv2g&w=560&h=315]

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

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Father John MistyPure Comedy

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

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Joe GoddardMusic Is the Answer

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bwPLvt6BFPg&w=560&h=315]

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SkottGlitter & Gloss

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

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Louise LemónEgyptian Darkness

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Clouds NothingEnter Entirely

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

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Rex Orange CountyBest Friend

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TepGm7Q5Ros&w=560&h=315]

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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

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

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DouniaEast Coast Hiding

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YVBLPU9HBi4&w=560&h=315]

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Izzy Bizu Talking to You

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t1tYtNlcBOY&w=560&h=315]

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Chase Atlantic Church

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vmM7h2fKdAY&w=560&h=315]

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Kehlani Do U Dirty

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7hIG5xhPwGQ&w=560&h=315]

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Dan CrollAway from Today

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Foeoyb9AIS0&w=560&h=315]

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Sophie Ellis-BextorWild Forever

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hw8cs3GhVUg&w=560&h=315]

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Valerie JuneShakedown

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cShj4BimPXc&w=560&h=315]

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

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Rose Elinor DougallStellular

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2sQokf-ug3I&w=560&h=315]

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

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Jessie Reyez - Shutter Island

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X7_BJveYMF4&w=560&h=315]

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Horse ThiefAnother Youth

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F3rqShVWYdw&w=560&h=315]

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Cascada - Run

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r-eqapU1wf8&w=560&h=315]

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Ásgeir Unbound

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

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Little MixTouch

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

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L.A. Salami - I Can’t Slow Her Down

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2LtNUlpvL9E&w=560&h=315]

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Nick GrantLuxury Vintage Touch

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

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[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BrSMcySDns8&w=560&h=315]

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Dave (ft. J. Hus) – Samantha

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8e3F3Zl8Sx0&w=560&h=315]

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

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9qyUOkiddYc&w=560&h=315]

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Elbow Gentle Storm

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ONQ25RW585w&w=560&h=315]

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Shotgun MouthwashHigh Contrast

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bPFtDcFNpV8&w=560&h=315]

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ZAYN and Taylor SwiftI Don’t Wanna Live Forever

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AY9blLYMKnI&w=560&h=315]

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Decade - Brand New Again

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

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Lost Kings (ft. Tinashe) – Quit You

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

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Rejjie Snow - Crooked Cops

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4kcVAq2fxU4&w=560&h=315]

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The Knocks (ft. Jerm)Lie

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b0G30_YF4yQ&w=560&h=315]

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LÉON - Liar

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2iupZ3aActM&w=560&h=315]

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Bahari - Get Together

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pOqdnd5r7iE&w=560&h=315]

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Ward ThomasBoomerang

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6riBsXssi4&w=560&h=315]

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Luke Sital-SinghKilling Me

[soundcloud url="https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/304604754" 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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Machine Gun Kelly Dopeman

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YvOROjBu8ms&w=560&h=315]

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Urban ConeOld School

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_3f8pBH5TzU&w=560&h=315]

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Imelda May (ft. Jeff Beck)Black Tears

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S2xmzjKujGs&w=560&h=315]

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Bell Biv DeVoe - I'm Betta

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UgKn--byVQ4&w=560&h=315]

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Allison Crutchfield - I Don't Ever Wanna Leave California

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vh6x9WhfCs4&w=560&h=315]

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

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

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Japandroids - No Known Drink or Drug

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKs0IKmPek8&w=560&h=315]

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Jamiroquai - Automaton

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rmlmOk4ubcU&w=560&h=315]

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Migos Big on Big

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zx3qgdhXQwQ&w=560&h=315]

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ClovesBetter Now

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mepUaXoo8wc&w=560&h=315]

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R3hab (ft. Verite)Trouble

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3i4sCjClyVU&w=560&h=315]

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Frank Carter & the Rattlesnakes - Bluebelle

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_yMNBbKWK2Q&w=560&h=315]

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Pissed JeansIgnorecam

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BfTyrdoNY30&w=560&h=315]

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Stefflon Don (ft. Giggs) - Real Ting Remix

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TW9bcN02mmQ&w=560&h=315]

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Tift MerrittStitch of the World

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CWNNkI7YArk&w=560&h=315]

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PriestsNothing Feels Natural

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oa6Ku4GXT8Y&w=560&h=315]

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

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

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Johnny Flynn - Raising the Dead

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o5wYXnkLbD0&w=560&h=315]

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Missy Elliott (ft. Lamb) - I'm Better

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TwyPsUd9LAk&w=560&h=315]

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Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever - French Press

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YEZm7BGvryg&w=560&h=315]

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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.