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Showcasing the Best New Music, Curating the Classics

PLAYLIST: January 2019

While political chaos and paralysis, on top of insanely cold weather, has made it a difficult month, January 2019 has delivered an unbelievable welter of great new music, suggesting the real possibility of a vintage year ahead for indie, hip-hop and rock.

First, the big news for indie fans was the announcement of new albums from Vampire Weekend, who’ve kept us waiting six years for their fourth LP, which will be released at some point in the spring with the title Father Of The Bride. Two new tracks from this 18-track double-album were dropped this month, ‘Harmony Hall’ and ‘2021’, showcasing an interesting new take on the band we know and love from last time out, particularly as keyboardist Rostam Batmanglij has parted ways since.

If that wasn’t enough, Foals announced the existence of not one but two new albums for 2019. They’ll both be titled Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost, with the first coming on March 8th, and they’ve announced a UK tour on top of new single ‘Exits’.

There’s also new solo albums coming from two members of Animal Collective, with both Panda Bear and Avey Tare giving us new music in 2019. British experimental artists These New Puritans will return with their first album since 2013, titled Inside The Rose, and the indefatigable Sleaford Mods have also announced another new record for this year, with the garishly titled ‘Kebab Spider’ being its lead single. There’s also new albums from Pond, Lizzo, Lucy Rose, Billie Eilish, Ex Hex and Hozierto come in 2019.

On top of that, there’s been a ton of great new tunes this January from newcomers hoping to make their mark on 2019. Look out in our monthly playlist for songs by Public Practice, Hand Habits, PUP, Brooders and Venus among many others!

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Check out our highlights reel of the very best new music released in January 2019 with our Spotify playlist!

Happy listening!

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