There’s a healthy mix of material for our first playlist of the year. We’re still reeling from Run The Jewels’ surprise Christmas Day release of their third LP. With the Presidential Inauguration and the civil unrest in Washington that accompanied it fresh in our minds, Killer Mike and El P’s stylised sermonising feels like vital listening.
Elsewhere we have the first hints of new material in ages from Arcade Fire and Japandroids and atmospheric loveliness from Bonobo and SOHN. If this is a sign of things to come in 2017, we’re in for a very good year in music indeed.
Just watch out for that disgustingly heavy Code Orange landmine – it’s a killer.
[Cover image: Bonobo – Migration]