The year has started with enough music for another playlist and then some. Many selections are singles from upcoming releases that aren’t even out yet but the songs sound strong enough to want to share immediately, from Jim James, Foxygen, and Unknown Mortal Orchestra, to STRFKR, Major Lazer and Atoms for Peace. Other tunes are stand alone singles that need no padding to release on their own. It all bodes well for 2013, so dig in.
London’s Qtier makes gentle, contemplative music perfect for snowed in winter interiors or lush and long summer days. Laced with mellow electronics and ethereal vocals, Qtier’s music is beginning to make waves in the UK with The Fly calling their work “an extraordinarily rich debut”.