Georgia Barnes switched from a career in football to one in house musicHOLLIE FERNANDO

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It isn’t easy to stay cheerful in January, but here’s an album of banging house music by a bright new star whose sheer energy cannot help but lift the spirits and bring optimism for the year ahead.

Georgia Barnes has been making music for a while, but it has taken her until now to find her sound. The daughter of Neil Barnes of the 1990s dance titans Leftfield, she gave up a youthful career as a professional footballer — she was kicking a ball round a London park aged eight when a scout for Queens Park Rangers spotted her potential — and after a degree in ethnomusicology she went on to be the drummer for the south London poet and rapper Kate Tempest. Great things were predicted…