Must Listen 2019: The best new music this January


New year, new music. Kick off your 2019 by discovering a truck-load of fresh hits from the greatest singers, the loudest bands and the hottest producers around.

Benny Blanco ft. Calvin Harris & Miguel - I Found You / Nilda’s Story

Originally a dance-floor-ready track on hit producer Benny Blanco’s freshly dropped debut album, I Found You has been given a heart-warming reworking for a very special cause.

Drafting in the dulcet vocal talents of Miguel, the song trades out pumping bass for a simplistic, yet rousing, piano track. It’s accompanying video reveals the emotionally charged journey of Nilda, as she immigrates from Honduras to the States with her son Keyden. Created as part of the While They Wait campaign, the initiative aims to support immigrants who are seeking asylum and facing family separation.

Hear it on: Radio 1, Hits Radio

The Raconteurs - Now That You’re Gone

The busiest man in rock is back. When he’s not rocking out arenas around the world with his electric solo act, Jack White is likes to dip his toes into countless side projects. Reviving the old crew for their first album material in over ten years, The Raconteurs return with Now That You’re Gone.

With band-mate Brendan Benson on vocal duties, the single follows a narrative of heartbreak with a stripped-down blues swagger. Boasting the guitar-heavy hallmarks of the group’s biggest hits, duelling axes carry the track along with gorgeous riffs. This is rock and roll in its purest form.

Hear it on: Absolute, Virgin

Chaka Khan - Hello Happiness

Chaka Khan is enjoying somewhat of a renaissance after the success of last year’s glorious funk anthem, Like Sugar. Kicking off the new year in style, the iconic R&B diva is back with a brand-new groove.

“Music makes me sing, goodbye sadness, hello happiness,” preaches the joyous singer, over a backing track that sounds like its been lifted from the pinnacle of 70s West Coast disco. As the infectious bass chugs along, you’ll quickly discover this tune is the perfect cure for those January blues.

Hear it on: Radio 6 Music, Mi-Soul

Bring Me The Horizon - Medicine

Sheffield noise-makers Bring Me The Horizon are bemoaning the current state of rock music. Despite garnering a reputation as one the country’s best alternative bands, the five-piece are fed up with the genre’s “boring” standing.

Crossing over into bold new pop territory, Medicine retains the band’s aggressive approach, but is wrapped up in a chart-friendly, electronic sheen. “You need a taste of your medicine,” shouts frontman Oli Sykes, as he unravels a toxic relationship with a razor-sharp tongue.

Hear it on: Radio X

Noname ft. Phoelix - Song 31

Anchored by a smooth jazz beat, Chicago-born rapper Noname invites us on a journey through her stream of consciousness with Song 31.

With a confident flow that never falters, the rapper poetically segues through a litany of topics close to her heart. Record labels, materialism, mass incarceration and the meat industry are just a few of the notions that are touched upon thanks to the artist’s clever word-play. You’ll discover something new with every repeat listen.

Hear it on: Radio 6 Music


If you want to listen to these huge new tunes any time and any place, then we’ve got you sorted with the #PureMustListen Spotify playlist. Enjoy from any device through Bluetooth and Spotify Connect on loads of our digital radios, or take your favourite playlists on the road with a Highway in-car adapter.

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