2017 is finally here, we’re in the new year. It’s time to kick into the new year with a fresh energy, ideas and sounds. I’ve compiled a January playlist of 5 great tracks which are likely to be making a big impact this month, all full of that new year vibe we all need!
The Grime veteran Wiley is preparing himself to drop his latest album ‘Godfather’ on January 13th (available for pre-order here). Taken from the forthcoming album is Speakerbox, a track which is Grime in a stripped-back raw form. Heavy, warped and completely unapologetic sounds hit hard on the beat, whilst Wiley lays a rapid-paced vocal over the top. This is as close to early 2000’s Grime as you’re going to get on a track nowadays. And it’s by none other than the man more or less responsible for the whole sound.
Ed Sheeran has come a long way since his humble beginnings making videos for SBTV, sofa-surfing and gigging to tiny crowds. The global superstar has just returned from a year’s break, releasing two tracks Castle On The Hill & Shape of You. Shape of You is incredibly minimalistic in its sound but features that signature Sheeran flair the world has come to love. With a new album on the way soon, be prepared to be hearing a lot of Ed Sheeran’s music on the airwaves this year.
Donae’o is one of the most underrated musicians in the UK scene. For as long as I can remember, he’s always been the king of hooks and party tunes. However, Donae’o recently signed a deal with Island Records, so let’s hope he finally gets the credit and attention he deserves. On this track he’s partnered up with Jme and Dizzee Rascal, with all three delivering strong individual verses. It follows a minimalistic style of sound, allowing more focus to be on the lyrical content. Jme also assists hook king Donae’o with harmonies on the hook.
Tory Lanez made sure he started 2017 in the strongest way possible by dropping two mixtape at once, Chixtape 4 & The New Toronto 2. The Canadian R&B artist included a great array of styles over the two tracks, but a standout was Proud Family. Sampling the infamous Disney Channel show Proud Family, Lanez drops some incredibly smooth vocals over the super-chilled beat. This could be a great year for Tory Lanez.
We featured this track a little after it was first released. Since then it has got itself some visuals and, well, it simply has to be on our January playlist. Ché once again demonstrates his uniqueness on this track with a talent for great sound. His confidence, vision, style and energy are all in line and it simply shows in the music. Stephanie’s Crib shows that 2017 could very well be Ché’s year.