January playlist

By Jo Phillips

It is always nice to discover something new. It is particularly nice to discover new artists and new music to listen to on your way to an early morning meeting or while jogging in a park. Here are some songs that we liked at the beginning of 2016:

Slingshot Dakota is an indie rock band from Bethlehem, PA, comprised of two people – Carly Comando, who plays a 88-key digital piano, and Tom Patterson, the drummer. They say that they are influenced by respective punk and hardcore basement scenes. Their music is quick and catchy, it can be described as poppy indie rock. Slingshot Dakota’s new album, the first one since 2012, Break, is out on 11th of March. But you can listen to a song called Paycheck now.


CHAPPO’s latest album Future Former Self is out now and it has received some great reviews. The sound is catchy, quick and upbeat. And rock. You can listen to the first single Mad Magic now.


Charlie Hilton presented her debut album with Hype Machine called Palana this January. The record is full of experiments and diverse sounds and moods. It is hard to place it. The artist herself said that: “The music on this record is diverse, but so is the inside of a person. I feel like I’m many people.”

The Jezabels is an Australian dark synth-rock quartet. They bring out their new album Synthia on 12th of February. The first single from this record is called Pleasure Drive. It is edgy and shady, it is gothic, it is filled with black magic.

Viola Beach, an indie-pop four-piece from Warrington, has just released their second single Boys That Sing. Their sound is quite calm yet upbeat, the lyrics are predictable but likeable. Some critics say that Viola Beach are one of the UK’s most exciting new bands.


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