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.
|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|
|Urulu||Air Pacific EP|
|Albin Lee Meldau||Lovers|
|3LAU, MAX||You Want More|
|Snakehips, MØ||Don't Leave|
|Taro Umebayashi||Yuri on ICE|
|YURI!!! on ICE w.hatano||You Only Live Once|
|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|
|Major Lazer, Showtek||Believer|
|P A T H||Flames|
|Swindail, Montell2099||Red Bull Chick|
|Black Caviar||Disco Drum|
|Kyau & Albert||About The Sun|
|Various Artists||Heartbreaks & Promises 2|
|George & Jonathan||George & Jonathan III|
|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|
|Kasey Andre & Joakim Karud||Love Mode|