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Jan 14, 2016

It’s only the second week in January and 2016 has already been full of events in the music world. Sadly, one of those events us losing one of the greatest musicians of our time, David Bowiesomething that has affected everyone in the music community.

Looking ahead, music fans can anticipate full-length releases from LCD Soundsystem, Kanye West, Radiohead and more this year. While we’re waiting for those records, we’ll be filling up our playlists with a solid amount of artists to keep us occupied in the meantime.

This week’s playlist starts off with a dancefloor premiere from Rudimental ft. John Newman to celebrate 5 years of the label Big Beat, a vibey track from newcomer TĀLĀ  and the lovely BANKS, a gorgeous mix of cello melodies and Joanna Newsom-like vocals, and we finish out the week with Grimes’ favorite rapper Aristophanes and a lo-fi pop gem from Porches.

Listen below, and make sure these guys make it on your next playlists!

Rudimental ft. John Newman 
“Feel The Love” (DEVI’s Big Beat 5th Anniversary Mix)
This house remix of Rudimental’s collab with John Newman is trancey and the perfect thing to get us through work the rest of this week. The song is on 5 Years of Big Beat—a compilation to celebrate the label that’s home to artists like David Guetta, Skrillex, Clean Bandit and more. The full remix album will be released tomorrow.

The combo of TĀLĀ and BANKS is just lethal. TĀLĀ is a producer/vocalist who is one to watch this year. The combination of Middle Eastern beats and R&B melodies is dynamic, and we can’t wait to see what 2016 has in store for her.

Kelsey Lu
“Morning After Coffee”
It looks like big things lie ahead for Kelsey Lu, who is a collaborator of Blood Orange’s Dev Hynes and Empress Of. This track is gorgeous and simplistic with Lu’s wide vocal range and the background cell0-plucking. We’re intrigued.

“The Peach Blossom”
You probably heard Aristophanes featured on Grimes’ most recent record, but she’s about to stand on her own with her upcoming debut No Rush To Leave Dreams. Her latest track is a breathy, ominous one sung in Mandarin. We have a good feeling about her.

“Be Apart”
The latest Porches track is a bit of an anomaly for Aaron Maine—it’s a rather upbeat, synth-pop jam and not as dark as his other releases. It’s about making the move from the suburbs to the city—something many people can relate to and sympathize with. Maines makes the transition a seamlessly beautiful one.