We're only halfway through January. Another two weeks to slog through 'til payday, but that won't alleviate the grey weather, or your miserable mates, or lack of social life. Sigh. January is a bit shit, really. But, have no fear - The 405 is here! We have once again donned our superhero cape, and for your audio delight bring you the top 5 tracks to pleasure your eardrums this week.

Have a great weekend.

  • Artist: A. G. Cook and Hannah Diamond
  • Track Name: 'Keri Baby'
  • Location: UK
  • Author: Chris Taylor

'Keri Baby' is a bit less crazy than 'Pink & Blue', but only by a little bit. Metallic synths (almost literally it seems, with a sample of what sounds like someone striking an anvil) coupled with random bubbling noises and a thumping bass which could easily be mistaken for your neighbour banging on the wall after you've played this ten times in a row pretty loud make for yet another "I shouldn't like this but I really do" track. Hannah Diamond's vocals are chopped and bent along the way to create what sounds to be a cheerleader's chant put through HAL 9000. It's very hard to dislike a track that has the line "I don't wanna be an mp3 / 320 kbps."

  • Artist: Ásgeir
  • Track Name: 'Wrecking Ball' (Miley Cyrus cover)
  • Location: Iceland
  • Link: Facebook
  • Author: Tarynn Law

Covers of 'Wrecking Ball' by Miley Cyrus are all the rage and have been for quite some time, but Icelandic singer/songwriter Ásgeir has put his own spin on the track that turns it into something truly his own, and absolutely beautiful. It was played on the Dutch radio station 3FM, and if you like this cover, you should definitely check out his original work - 'Torrent' is outstanding

  • Artist: Isaiah Rashad
  • Track Name: 'RIP Kevin Miller'
  • Location: U.S.
  • Link: Facebook
  • Author: Oliver Primus

Isaiah Rashad's homage to Master P's younger brother Kevin Miller, who was shot and killed back in '95, is held together by Black Metaphor's incredibly chilled out production, providing all weed smokers a new anthem. Even if you're not not into that sort of thing, just press play. It works just as well over a bowl of cereal.

  • Artist: Merchandise
  • Track Name: 'Begging For Your Life / In The City Light'
  • Location: U.S.
  • Link: Official Site
  • Author: Ana Leorne

'Begging For Your Life / In The City Light' will be out digitally and as a limited 12'' (vinyl edition is set to be out next month), becoming the first taste of their first album (currently in the works) for the British independent label. The track is 14 minutes long, but an edit has been shared by the band, which is all sorts of beautiful.

  • Artist: Yumi Zouma
  • Track Name: 'The Brae'
  • Location: New Zealand
  • Link: Facebook
  • Author: Oliver Primus

It's difficult to really describe just how beautiful this track is, or indeed the EP from which it comes from, but I think it's fair to say that we're all pretty obsessed with it over here at The 405. On a separate note, have anyone figured out an auto-replay button for Soundcloud tracks yet?