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February New Music Mixtape ft. Sam Smith, Passion Pit

It's shaping up to be an incredible year in music.

So far, we've already seen albums from some of our favorite mid-2000s indie staples -- like The Decemberists, Belle and Sebastian, and (soon) Death Cab for Cutie and Modest Mouse. We're also weeks away from another Kanye West album -- a man who understands artistry. This year has even brought new singles from bands like Florence + The Machine and Alabama Shakes.

Here's what we're listening to in February, a sample of what's to come:

Iggy Azalea ft. Jennifer Hudson: "Trouble"

The best white female Australian rapper in the game right now has another No. 1 hit on her hands with "Trouble" -- an upbeat single on the reissue of her 2014 album, "The New Classic." "Trouble" brings us some solid Iggy Azalea rap verses and a soulful chorus from Jennifer Hudson, who proves she should be on way more rap songs, because much like Alicia Keys on "New York State Of Mind," she pretty much shuts it down.

Enrique Iglesias: "Let Me Be Your Lover" ft. Pitbull

A match made in Latin-American pop heaven: Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull have teamed up for the infectious single, "Let Me Be Your Lover." The song is care-free fun, and the music video features the two artists as marionette puppets, as an added bonus. This one should creep up the Billboard chart in no time.

Kelly Clarkson: "Heartbeat Song"

Kelly Clarkson is one of those artists who, just when they fall off the pop-culture radar, jump right back in with a new song. This time it's "Heartbeat Song," a wholesome yet catchy 3.5 minute experience reminiscent of Pink's "Perfect." Welcome back, most-important-"American-Idol"-winner-aside-from-Carrie-Underwood, we missed you.

Passion Pit: "Where the Sky Hangs"

It's Passion Pit -- the indie-pop band that even your sister who doesn't listen to indie music kind of likes. The band is gearing up to release its third album, "KINDRED," on April 21 by dropping two new songs. One of which is "Where the Sky Hangs," a sweet 4-by-4 number that sounds a bit like Maroon 5's "Sugar," but sweeter.

Alabama Shakes: "Don't Wanna Fight"

Alabama Shakes won over our hearts with its strong 2012 debut album, "Boys & Girls." And once Brittany Howard winces her way to the sultry first note of "Don't Wanna Fight," you know there's no slowing down. The band's sophomore album, "Sound and Color," is out April 20.

Florence + the Machine: "What Kind of Man"

Florence Welch is back and rocking as hard as ever on "What Kind of Man," off her 2015 album, "How Big How Blue How Beautiful." The song fits nicely into her the Florence lexicon and the music video feels like a Lars Von Trier movie, in a good way.

Courtney Barnett: "Pedestrian at Best"

Courtney Barnett talk-sings her way through the bossy new single, "Pedestrian at Best." It's the perfect song to strut to work to, or to a theme park dressed as a clown as per the music video. "Put me on a pedestal and I'll only disappoint you," the Aussie sings. Courtney, you're definitely not disappointing us with this song.

Unknown Mortal Orchestra: "Multi-Love"

Unknown Mortal Orchestra has produced some solid tracks before, especially on its 2013 album "II," but the single "Multi-Love" is a huge step forward. "You checked into my heart and trashed it like a hotel room," they sing on the future-funk single. Whatever these guys are doing, it's working.

Sam Smith: Lay "Me Down"

The next single on Sam Smith's Grammy-magnet, "In the Lonely Hour," is the piano-heavy "Lay Me Down." Say whatever you want about this man, but when this chorus hits, you will get the #feels.

Sufjan Stevens: "No Shade in The Shadow of The Cross"

Speaking of #feels, the beloved Sufjan Stevens is back with a new SufJAM off his upcoming album, "Carrie and Lowell." Sadly, it's not about a state in the continental U.S., but this song is beautiful. Check out "No Shade in the Shadow of the Cross" below.

Tell us: What songs are you bumping in 2015? Post in the comments section below!