SONGS AND BANDS YOU’LL BE HEARING A LOT FROM THIS YEAR

There are some songs that get in your head and you wish they didn’t. And then there are these January releases that are catchy and brilliant

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At Most A Kiss, Blossoms

Catchy 80s disco meets haunting indie, Blossoms’ At Most A Kiss is an arm-swaying, nearly-hometime floor filler we can’t seem to tire of dipping into. The soaring Stockport five-piece have made it available as a free download for anyone who pre-orders their EP, out on 19 February.

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Reaper, Sia

You’ll be tempted to belt out a guttural “no baby, no baby, not todaaaay” down the phone to pesky cold callers after a few plays of Sia’s upbeat, slightly folksy new ballad. Co-written with Kanye West, the single from her poppy forthcoming album This Is Acting was originally intended for Rihanna.

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Bad Habits, The Last Shadow Puppets

“Deep trouble!/Red lollipop!” Alex Turner and Miles Kane make a welcome return with a pacey and dramatic orchestral rock track that shouts thunderously about holding hands, slow dancing and sexual regret, punctuated with plenty of “Whaaaaaaws!” A proper stormer.

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Easier Said, Sunflower Bean

Hypnotic and gently upbeat, Easier Said is a musical antidote to the grim January slog, even if the lyrics aren’t (“You’re getting old/So act your age/It isn’t fun/To make the same mistakes.”) Lead singer and bassist Julia Cumming’s melancholic vocals are the stuff of dreams.

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Move, Rat Boy

With lyrics about Maccy Ds and getting fired from Wetherspoons, we suspect we may not be Rat Boy’s target audience. Nonetheless we’ve made Move our new alarm tone. A relentlessly repetitive yet oddly addictive hybrid of hip-hop, electro and dance, think Beastie Boys mashed up with The Streets.

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