It's a new year and time for new sounds. Lots of new names to dive into, so let's go!

Starting the playlist with a bit of a curveball. For years now, the only jazz albums I had were two covers of J-pop hits from a band called the Kenny James Trio. After seeing if my Amazon Alexa could find me them on streaming, what I got in return was the Kenny Werner Trio. While it is logistically impossible for the two bands to be related, they both feature lively jazz with vocal-like piano performances. Their two sounds are so similar that I still question the impossible. Maybe jazz is fun that way?

I fell into the PC Music hole big time this month. The UK not-a-collective skirts the line between stripped-down analysis and completely committed parody of pop music with unadorned compositions, sweet high-school lyrics from femal vocalists, and a sense of disdain for approachability. This all resonates strongest in music project QT, a nom de plume-meets-energy drink. Whether is is an earnest deconstruction of pop tropes or just a promotional song to say the brand name of a fake/real energy drink, Hey QT will go down as one of the catchiest virtual creations ever.

2017 is starting off with another huge meeting of music minds in Snakehips and MØ's Don't Leave. There's no self-doubt in this explosive apology note--it bares all of MØ's insecurities on the line for one last chance at reconciliation.

You'll find no shame from me for including my two favorite tracks from the anime Yuri!!! on ICE. Despite its flaws, the show is great and these tracks both deserve recognition.

Also this month: another EP from tricot, The Japanese House, and FKA Twigs.

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Artist Release
Kenny Werner Trio With a Song in My Heart
Anamanaguchi Capsule Silence XXIV Original Soundtrack
tricot Kabuku - EP
The Japanese House Swim Against the Tide
Various Artists PC Music, Vol. 2
Alan Walker Alone
FKA twigs EP1
Urulu Air Pacific EP
Albin Lee Meldau Lovers
Botnek Buffering...
Møme Panorama
Botnek, 3LAU Vikings
3LAU, MAX You Want More
Snakehips, MØ Don't Leave
Taro Umebayashi Yuri on ICE
YURI!!! on ICE w.hatano You Only Live Once
RYE Nightmare
Goldwash But U Won't
Promises Ltd. Promises Ltd.
Ryan Hemsworth How It Felt
DZZ Friend - Original Mix
R3hab, Black Caviar Icarus - Black Caviar Remix
Martin Garrix, Bebe Rexha In The Name Of Love - The Him Remix
Armin van Buuren, Kensington Heading Up High - First State Remix
Ollygon Running Away
Pixelord Ottawa 2016
Major Lazer, Showtek Believer
P A T H Flames
Swindail, Montell2099 Red Bull Chick
Rejekt Crank
Black Caviar Disco Drum
Holy Ghost! Stereotype
Kiiara Gold
Kyau & Albert About The Sun
Data Don't Sing
Various Artists Heartbreaks & Promises 2
Everydayz Phazz Almeria
George & Jonathan George & Jonathan III
Mitski Puberty 2
The xx I See You
DJ Snake, Mr Hudson Here Comes The Night
Seven Lions, Jason Ross, Paul Meany Higher Love - Extended Mix
Steve James, Matt Ozorio In My Head - Matt & Ozorio Remix
Uppermost Emotion
Kasey Andre & Joakim Karud Love Mode
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