From indie kids Savages, Chairlift and Daughter to Aussie songwriting superstar Sia and house-party favourites RÜFÜS - the first month of 2016 is packed with beats, ballads and bruising vocals. Playlists at the ready, here's what you'll be listening to over the next month.
1. Daughter - Not To Disappear, out now
Hailing from London, the trio of Elena Tonra, Igor Haefeli and Remi Aguilella recorded this follow up to 2013's If You Leave in NYC's Brooklyn with Nicolas Vernhes, a producer who's worked with War On Drugs and Animal Collective. Sounding like a darker, moodier version of fellow Brits London Grammar and Aussie folk outfit Little May, the dreamy vocals of lead singer Elena Tonra lend Daughter a haunting and melancholy vibe, best heard on tracks like 'Numbers' and 'Doing The Right Thing'. File it under moody indie pop.
2. RÜFÜS - Bloom, out January 22
Fresh from an international tour late last year and three killer singles - 'You Were Right', 'Like An Animal' and 'Innerbloom', the Sydney-based electronica trio return with their sophomore album this Friday. Despite having to slightly rebrand themselves for North America (they're known as RÜFÜS DU SOL due to a trademark on the name Rufus), their quest for world recognition looks set to explode this year with appearances booked at Coachella and Red Rocks Colorado, plus a European tour in March. Like fellow Aussie Flume, RÜFÜS has a knack for creating atmospheric house classics and they've already managed to nail down an instantly recognisable signature sound - we're predicting big things for 2016.
3. Chairlift - Moth, out January 22
You'd be forgiven for having heard Chairlift's 2009 cheerful hit 'Bruises' from a pesky Apple iPod ad and brushing them off - but that's majorly underselling what this Brooklyn duo is really capable of. Specialising in synthy pop beats with a quirky bent, there's a newfound confidence in the direction they've taken for Moth. Losing some of the more twee touches from their first two albums, Chairlift's newly evolved sound is most evident in the irresistible single 'Ch-Ching' and it's glossy counterpart 'Romeo'. We like.
4. Savages - Adore Life, out January 22
Get ready for another intense, cerebral ride with Savages second album Adore Life, the follow up to 2013's Mercury Prize-nominated Silence Yourself. After their debut record, the all-female quartet quickly gained status as critical darlings for their tense and nervy post-punk sound. Recorded in London the band's taut, thrilling use of drums, bass and lyrics is a complement to the overarching theme of "every kind of love". An album that will no doubt reveal itself more and more on repeat listens.
5. Sia - This Is Acting, out January 29
Can prolific Adelaide-born songstress Sia Furler repeat the stunning success of her 2014 hit 1000 Forms of Fear? The monstrous album, the singer's fifth, paved the way for massive chart hits like 'Chandelier' and 'Elastic Heart' and introduced the world to her blonde bobbed wig and penchant for emotionally honest lyrics. As far as can we can tell, This Is Acting shares the same soaring vocals, slightly dark but ultimately life affirmative lyrics and adorably talented kids (see the clip 'Alive' for proof) - but we're still waiting to see what other kind performance trickery Sia is going to use next. Certainly, given her vocal acrobatics and record for creating hits for Rihanna, Beyoncé and Katy Perry - we're not doubting the world will be watching and waiting.