Welcome to the first playlist of the new year. Every artist on this playlist wanted to start out 2016 with a bang – and they succeeded. Electronic and alternative music dominate the scene in this set as usual, but I’ve thrown in a couple of surprises to keep you entertained and avoid the mundane. In past playlists I’ve tried to group together songs that sounded as similar as possible into large genre-blocks designed to keep the flow consistent and enjoyable. This had benefits (songs flowed effortlessly into one another) and drawbacks (sometimes it sounded like you were listening to the same song for fifteen minutes). I’ve decided to move away from that strategy in an effort to keep my playlists dynamic and so you may experience some turbulence during this ride. Don’t worry, life vests are available in the case of an emergency. Enjoy below.