Forget 2016 — Here's Some Of 2017's Best Music NPR Music editor and reviewer Stephen Thompson recommends new songs by Sinkane, Little Simz, Japandroids and more.
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Forget 2016 — Here's Some Of 2017's Best Music

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Forget 2016 — Here's Some Of 2017's Best Music

Forget 2016 — Here's Some Of 2017's Best Music

Forget 2016 — Here's Some Of 2017's Best Music

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Released in December, Little Simz's Stillness In Wonderland is technically a buzzer-beating 2016 album — but NPR Music's Stephen Thompson says it's worth keeping it in mind as we enter the new year. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Released in December, Little Simz's Stillness In Wonderland is technically a buzzer-beating 2016 album — but NPR Music's Stephen Thompson says it's worth keeping it in mind as we enter the new year.

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You can only dissect a year for so long before another, hopefully better one comes along. So let's set aside 2016 — with its celebrity deaths, political upheaval and, yes, great music — and take a moment to look ahead to the best music of 2017.

For a quick primer on 2017 music, here's a world tour of sorts — one that runs through Mali (Tinariwen), the U.K. (Little Simz), Brooklyn (Sinkane, who's also lived in Sudan, London and Ohio), Canada (Japandroids) and, finally, NPR's hometown of Washington, D.C. (Priests). Hear a song from each below.

Sample The Sounds Of 2017

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Sinkane, 'U'Huh'

Life & Livin' It comes out Feb. 10.

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Life & Livin' It
Album
Life & Livin' It
Artist
Sinkane
Label
City Slang
Released
2017

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Tinariwen, 'Sastanàqqàm'

Elwan comes out Feb. 10.

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Elwan
Album
Elwan
Artist
Tinariwen

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Little Simz, 'Picture Perfect'

Stillness In Wonderland belongs to 2016, but only on a technicality — it came out Dec. 16.

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Song
Stillness In Wonderland
Album
Stillness In Wonderland
Artist
Little Simz
Label
Age 101
Released
2016

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Japandroids, 'Near To The Wild Heart Of Life'

Near To The Wild Heart Of Life comes out Jan. 27.

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Near To The Wild Heart Of Life
Album
Near To The Wild Heart Of Life
Artist
Japandroids
Released
2017

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Priests, 'JJ'

Nothing Feels Natural comes out Jan. 27.

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