The first month of the year is a right miserable bastard, isn’t it? Allow us to cheer you up with these music morsels from the past 4 weeks.


Fuck. January was a bastard, wasn’t it? David Bowie. Alan Rickman. Glenn Frey. Flooding. Celebrity Big Brother. Shawn Mendes. Utterly miserable. Not all bad, though. 2016 has actually gotten off to a promising start new music-wise. Here’s what we think has been the best of the bunch, the stuff that’s consistently found its way onto our office stereo.

Artist: Chairlift
Title: Moth
Label: Columbia
What is it? Third album from the Brooklyn duo, their first since 2012’s ‘Something’.
L&Q says: “Like last years’ criminally ignored Carly Rae Jepsen album, ‘Moth’ is a modern pop gem – seductive, nuanced, sophisticated and, perhaps most importantly, continued progress.”
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Artist: Money
Title: Suicide Songs
Label: Bella Union
What is it? Manchester trio build on the foundations of ‘The Shadow Of Heaven’ their debut album.
L&Q says: “The onus is on vocal takes that are emotionally honest rather than technically perfect, and this rawness helps strengthen the record’s desolate narrative.”
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Artist: Cross Record
Title: Wabi-Sabi
Label: Ba Da Bing
What is it? Emily Cross’s second album recorded with partner Dan Duszynski at the Moon Phase ranch in Texas.
L&Q says: ‘There’s a cinematic quality at play here – from the horn blasts of opener ‘The Curtains’ to the sludge-y guitars of ‘Wasp In A Jar’, you can imagine most of these songs soundtracking moments of widescreen drama.”
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Artist: Savages
Title: Adore Life
Label: Matador
What is it? Fearsome London collective led by Jehnny Beth refine their songwriting on second release.
L&Q says: “With a mutual trust and understanding now firmly established between themselves and their listeners, there’s no need to include a mission statement on the record cover again.”
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Artist: Hinds
Title: Leave Me Alone
Label: Matador
What is it? Madrid newcomers get in there early with their debut album.
L&Q says: “The album is way more lo-fi than most buzzbands’ debuts dare to be; songs shift tempo out of nowhere and Carlotta Cosials and Ana García Perrote trade vocals like two teenagers giddily sharing a bottle of cider in a park.”
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Artist: Villagers
Title: Where Have You Been All My Life?
Label: Domino
What is it? Reinterpreted and rerecorded versions of Conor O’Brien’s own back catalogue – but more interesting than that sounds.
L&Q says: “The result is quite incredible, and ‘Where Have You Been All My Life?’ feels more thought out and honest than a lazy ‘Villagers Unplugged’ record.”
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Artist: Wall
Title: Wall EP
What is it? The four-piece currently the talk of New York’s indie-rock circuit.
L&Q says: “A crashing mix of 60s psychedelia, post punk and no wave. Serious, forceful stuff.”

Artist: Anderson Paak
Title: Malibu
Label: Empire
What is it? Soul, funk, hip-hop, R&B and pop blended by Dr. Dre protégé.
L&Q says: “Fans of Kendrick’s ‘To Pimp A Butterfly’ opus will almost certainly appreciate the ambition of the California rapper’s second album.”