Are ya'll ready for a new year filled with awesome new tunes? January was already chock full o' new songs, which bodes well for the rest of the year before us. Been too busy fulfilling your new year's resolutions to keep track of all these new releases? Fret not!
This year I’m launching a new series with a different approach to music curation. While my love for student radio will forever go on, I get that a lot of my fellow busy millennials don’t have the time to listen to hours of complete radio shows. (Likewise, I do not have time to produce a weekly radio show during this era of my life.) The solution: monthly curated playlists, broken down by song, and easily sharable with friends.
I will select the 20 best newly released songs every month and publish them on this blog as a Spotify playlist. You can listen to the playlist, or just pick a couple songs. Plus, if you hear something you like, you can easily add it to one of your own playlists on Spotify, or send it to a friend. Follow me on Spotify to watch theses playlists evolve in real-time as I add new songs every week.
Without further ado, I proudly present the top 20 new songs of January 2015. We kick things off with a song from Mark Ronson, featuring Kevin Parker of Tame Impala, from Ronson’s star-studded album Uptown Special (it’s a sonic roller coaster for people with broad musical tastes). We also welcome the triumphant return of several artists that have not released new track in awhile including, The Dodos, Sleater-Kinney, and Jose Gonzalez.
Then we start to wrap things up with some electro tracks, several from brand new breakout acts. Discover The Avener, a French deep house producer, and Ibeyi, twin sisters with Afro-Cuban influence. The final cherry on top is “Paper Trail$” from Joey Bada$$ off the album B4.DA.$$, which just might save the future of hip hop while referencing the genre’s illustrious roots.