Welcome to 2016, where the events of the previous year can fossilize in peace; where you can reflect on the past, tidied up in a year-sized package, with some nostalgic remove. This year is untouched snow (um–like very cold sand made out of water), and the first blemishing steps are always the most satisfying, especially when you do it with some hurtling aplomb. Dive into the new year with some music from us, we wish you a good one.

This month’s mix was created by co-copy editor Kai Su.