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2022, spanning almost three hours and 34 tracks, is here.

As is appropriate for January, following a month of hectic (over?) indulgence, we start off slowly, with Lady Blackbird’s It’ll Never Happen Again. LA-based Marley Munroe’s debut album was one of the very best in 2021, and I can’t wait to see how much higher she flies this year.

Other gentle, soulful new finds follow, including You Wouldn’t Understand from South Africa and Cariad, Cariad from Wales via Brazil (if you like this one, check out the rest of the unique project).

There is plenty of old soul goodness to be nourished by early on, too, such as Mel & Tim’s Keep The Faithand With You by Curtis Harding. And – also from South Africa – there is almost 10 minutes of Chapita.

Venturing further into the playlist, Everyman by Double Exposure is a classic disco wonder, and I’ll never tire of Messages from the Stars’ outer-worldly weirdness. Elsewhere there is newness from Lady Wray and Julien Dyne. And there is something simple, exotic and magical about Coyote’s Friday’s Child.

Hope you enjoy this month’s selection, and make the most of your January and 2022. Best of luck.

If you enjoy this unmixed selection I would urge you to seek out my Boat Floaters Mixcloud profile (see here), where there are both upbeat (“downstream”) and more chilled (“upstream”) mixes. There are two recently uploaded best of 2021 mixes to feast on.

Thanks for your support.

Yours in music,

Ollie (Boat Floaters)

Listen to January's Boat Floaters here.

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