The Month That Was: January 2016.

The Month That Was is a recurring feature taking place on FOULDER as a review of music released throughout that month - alongside a few tracks that may have been missed just before that. Check out head honcho Tom Bradley's Spotify playlist selection over here - and keep your ear to the ground every four weeks or so for 50 brand new tracks.

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As the year begins, artists both old and new will be keen to set a precedent for the coming year. And who could be more relevant to this than the musical behemoth that was David Bowie. Blackstar, his 25th studio album, was released on 8th January - his 69th birthday, no less - before he left our world only two days later. Standout track for FOULDER staff was "Dollar Days", a mellow jaunt that wouldn't sound out of place in any of the Thin White Duke's earlier work. You'll be missed, Dave. 

New albums were thrust upon us from indie rock outfit Mystery Jets, post-punk goddesses Savages and one of the editor's old favourites, Bloc Party. Surprise returns came from Yeasayer (loving "I Am Chemistry" much as anything else they've ever released), grime king Kano with the bold "3 Wheel Ups", RJD2's "Peace of What" as a rather low-key return from the celebrated producer, and those cheeky chaps, The Last Shadow Puppets. Though, by the looks (and sounds) of it, it seems the style may have changed slightly...

A good friend of FOULDER's - Dan Alani - alerted us to a cracking new band in the form of Ireland's The Academic. "Chasers" evokes a The Strokes-esque early noughties musicality that was also prevalent in indie scousers Circa Waves - who will hopefully resurface later this year too.

Lemonade - a discovery we made way back in 2012 - resurfaced with "Dancer on the Shore", a very chilled tune that echoes the Caribbean. Something we all need in the coldest of months. Brooklyn's synthpop duo Chairlift released third album Moth in January too, which is certainly worth a listen.

And we predict big things for 'the new Hozier' - Barns Courtney. "Glitter and Gold" is a bold barnstormer that was released in November 2015 - what more will come of this fellow in 2016, we're excited to see.

Any other highlights from 2016? Let us know in the comments.