The January Playlist

Hoorah. It’s TBR’s January Playlist. It took for us for a while to get it into coming but here it is. We’ve selected 15 tracks that would be most likely making airwaves this month. There may be some indie tracks in the process but let’s see who makes the cut. We’ve zipped it up for your listening pleasure.

The tracks are randomly selected and they’re not in any order.

1. Roisin Murphy – Momma’s Place

The Irish singer-songwriter and former member of Moloko is back with a single. After ‘Orally Fixated’ getting fixated into unknown status last year, Roisin brings us another electrifying experience. ‘Momma’s Place’ is a groovy, jazz and electronic stomper.

2. Ke$ha feat. 3OH!3 – ‘Blah Blah Blah’

The song that couldn’t find any better title in Ke$ha’s ‘Animal’ album – that’s the best way to describe this song from the collaboration with American duo 3OH!3. It’s seriously infectious and would’ve been a possible #1 single. As much as the song suggests gibberish lyrics, the beat is definitely enough to make this a success. It’s something Katy Perry would sing and it’ll still be great.

3. Lady GaGa featuring Beyonce – ‘Telephone’

Already confirmed as the second single off from GaGa’s ‘The Fame Monster’ album, it promises to be a club banger. I think it’s actually fair to release this track because Beyonce first released their collaboration with the abominable video ‘Video Phone’. ‘Telephone’ a track produced by Darkchild is one of the best cuts from GG’s 2009 album – it actually did spice up the album as the track name suggests. Something you’d listen to in repeat for over a week.

4. Example – ‘Wont Go Quietly’

It’s a little bit obvious we like party tracks don’t we? Well, Example enhances our listening experience and gives us another party stomper. The hip-hop,electronic infused rhythms of ‘Won’t Go Quietly’ provides a better outlook on party music. The irresistible dance beats and electrifying synths definitely puts every stress behind our backs.

5. HURTS – ‘Blood, Tears & Gold’

After hearing this track, I only finally came to realise the HURTS’ full potential. With their clean cut looks, well polished suits, their music is something beyond that. Compared to other bands, they have substance and even though they can be very emotional with their tracks, HURTS’ never fails to introduce a new genre of music called ‘Slow Disco’ which is quite interesting the way they introduce it to us with an eclectic pace of music.

6. Gabriella Cilmi – ‘On A Mission’
As much as I’ve been disappointed with the music video, ‘On A Mission’ can still work. Only if you play it repeatedly with you wanting it to be good instilled in your mind. It may sound a bit too contrived but the effort to be better is still to be applauded. Although this might be a complete shock to utter fans of Gabi, her soul is still there and that’s what we should be expecting on her comeback album. It better be good or else.

7. Shontelle – ‘Impossible’

Gorgeous ballad alert! Well, it is indeed gorgeous. The comeback material from almost ‘one-hit wonder’ Shontelle is already coming our way. Rumoured to be the first official single off from her sophomore LP, ‘Impossible’ is simply gorgeous in every way. The Stargate produced track can sound good even in upbeat and in a melodic version. It’s just BRILLIANT. ‘nuff said.

8. Alphabeat – ‘Hole In My Heart’

I actually expected this would be a single but actually not soon enough. The electrifying beats filled with heart stomping basses accompanied with great vocals from the lead singers are unquestionably brilliant. It’s actually going to be a massive hit if only Alphabeat gets the right exposure. They should be given fair treatment with their great music.

9. Simon Curtis – ‘Diablo’

After the undeniably brilliant ‘Delusional’, Simon Curtis is up with another dance floor filling anthem. Sounding very Lady GaGa, Simon continues to be an exact epitome of a male POP star. I actually love how the song incorporates lyrics from different songs such as Kelly and Britney. Although the song’s overpowered with auto-tuned vocals it still manages to pull everything off. Danceable and radio friendly. Actually it really sounded like there were 10 songs in 1 track.

10. Delphic – ‘Doubt’

The more I listen to Delphic, the more I’m digging their music. I’ve been very much interested with bands that infuse electronic sound into their songs and for me it’s something I’d listen to for days without getting tired of it. The enigma produced by the song’s atmosphere isn’t surely to be missed and misinterpreted. ‘Doubt’ is actually carefully structured for it to become something epic and because of this Delphic has the guts to become one of the UK’s most successful bands.

11. Girls Can’t Catch – ‘Echo’

Seriously one of the best contenders to actually follow the footsteps of Girls Aloud are Girls Can’t Catch. After the feisty, electric pop sound of ‘Keep Your Head Up’, the second single ‘Echo’ provides a variety on their music. It has a killer chorus that provides a resounding ‘Echo, Echo, Echo’ but doesn’t get too irritating. It’s actually a midtempo ballad that combines an eclectic mix of pop and rock.
12. Sugababes – ‘Wear My Kiss’

The Sugababes for me are on a roll. Although many have turned their backs on Britain’s longest surviving girl band (although there aren’t any original members left), the name Sugababes are here to stay. Last week, their video for ‘Wear My Kiss’ already was previewed on Britain’s Channel 4. I must say, I’m quite impressed on the way their presenting themselves again to the music buying public. The song’s literally catchy and you’ll definitely wear this tune on your personal playlists for quite some time. And to be honest, it’s even better than that redone produced track, ‘About A Girl’.

13. Marina & the Diamonds – ‘Hollywood’

Already making an impact as the second placer on BBC’s Sound of 2010 poll, Welsh singer Marina Diamandis isn’t your ordinary pop star. Her official first single off from her debut LP is actually loveable in most ways. The message itself it quite dead on spot and shows another witty side of Marina. I just hope she gets what she deserves with this track. Just ace!

14. Vampire Weekend – ‘Horchata’

A song about a drink isn’t actually something we’d usually hear right? But Vampire Weekend introduces ‘Horchata’ to those people who don’t know what it is. Sounding like most of their tracks on ‘Contra’, ‘Vampire Weekend’ utilises their witty songwriting ability to create a cutesy sounding track.

15. Hot Chip – ‘One Life Stand’

These guys have been making ace tracks since the early noughties and they have been very successful in giving us their character in every track they produce. Although I must say, I am a bit disappointed with their last LP, ‘One Life Stand’ lives up to my expectations. A subtle, electro-pop number is a sure way of getting back into the pace. Brilliant.


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