I got through my Google Play Music All Access AllMusic.com Editors' Choice January 2016 playlist and it was both short (less than 6 hours) and not really impressive. I only added 6 songs to my To Listen play list:
Come Not Here by Cauldron (In Ruin)
Not usually (in fact, hardly at all) a big "heavy metal" fan, but this isn't just growling vocals with hyperspeed drums. This Canadian "retro-metal" group has some crunching guitars and dark lyrics, but there's plenty of musicianship going on here too, which I really like. I also like AllMusic's description of the album :
effortlessly distilling classic hard rock and NWOBHM tropes into punchy blasts of 21st century proto-metal that go down like a tray of happy-hour well shots
(I looked it up for you - NWOBHM is "New Wave Of British Heavy Metal")
Come Not Here : https://youtu.be/dnB4PVpjhRk
Hanging Around by Basement (Promise Everything)
Speaking of thrashing guitars, Britain's Basement does the noise-rock thing very well. Can't wait to hear more from Promise Everything, their third record.
Hanging Around : https://youtu.be/Z-kmlCwCqUM
Stanley Park by Aoife O'Donovan (In The Magic Hour)
Aoife O'Donovan is a Boston metro local gal who I've long admired. Her Beekeper song, from her debut Fossils, was one of my top singles of 2013 and her new album is also pretty darned good too. This cut, Stanley Park, reminds me very much of the magical voice of Lui Collins, which is a very good thing.
Beekeper : https://youtu.be/Fk0Y15IlE14
Moth To Flame by Chairlift (Moth)
Speaking of repeats, Chairlift's Bruises from their 2008 debut Does You Inspire You is a favorite tune and I really like the dance tune Moth To Flame from their third album.
Bruises : https://youtu.be/ZQ9hLOHj8ag
Glacial Wave by Noveller (Glacial Glow)
Another repeat performance! Noveller's (actuallly Brooklyn-based instrumentalist / filmmaker Sarah Lipstate) 2015 release Fantastic Planet was one of my top albums of 2015 and Fire Records has re-released her 2011 album Glacier Glow, which is another lovely sounding guitar-based instrumental record.
Glacier Wave : https://youtu.be/2UF9f4UAAa8
Pale Kings by Shearwater (Jet Plane and Oxbow)
But I think my favorite songs from the January play list come from Shearwater's album, Jet Plane and Oxbow. Pretty much loving every song from this Texas based band's second release from Sub Pop. I think this will be the first album on my Top Albums of 2016 list! Hard to pick just one song, so I think I'll give you two!
Pale Kings (fantastic air drum song!) : https://youtu.be/Mcqz9OB3AcA