Writer’s Picks #011: What we’re listening to this month

I’m sure for many of us the post-Dezemba blues have been hitting hard, what with everyone going back to work and the never-ending load shedding, so we decided to make this month’s playlist a wholesome one, filled with 100% good vibes only.

Starting with The Kiffness and his viral smash hit “It’s A Beautiful Day (Reprise)”, featuring Rushawn – a track that’s all about the importance of being grateful for what you have, each and every day.

Next up, Msaki and Tubatsi Mpho Moloi, who bring a slick and seductive edge on their new track “Madonna”. It’s beautifully immersive, restrained synths carrying the track along with a subtle but groovy bass-line, and the duo’s crystal vocal combination. This one’s been on repeat for a few days now.

It’s followed by Tanaka’s “Bloom”, a sensitive indie ballad imbued with a comforting kind of melancholy that’s both mature and delicate for an artist so new to the scene.

Jeremy Loops features with “Head Start – Fresh Start” – an acoustic rework of his chart-topping single by the same name, paired against the heartfelt strings of Jonny Hayes, his raw and honest track “Keep Me Burning” taken from his debut EP released this month.

Other highlights include the tempered experimentatoin of sergiodeartist’s “THE RED HORSE”, taken from his new album CRIMSON; Valley Sixteen’s searing new electronic single “Drop Dead”; and Reino Brink’s radio-ready fusion of indie, pop and rock, “Small Talk”.

International picks include Måneskin’s “GASOLINE”, taken from their new album RUSH!; slowthai’s “Selfish”, a dark, punk-infused single taken from his upcoming record UGLY, and lastly, the gentle soul of UK-based jazz and R&B collective SAULT with “River”.

We’ve got a varied selection of tracks for you this January, from uplifting ballads to dance-ready, rock anthems. Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy… and don’t forget that the month of love is around the corner.