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Playlist: 10 tracks you need to hear
Dev: 'Bass Down Low'
Scoring her first US number one and UK top five hit as part of Far East Movement's 'Like A G6' (which, incidentally, sampled her track 'Booty Bounce'), Dev returns as the lead artist, bringing with her a fusion of deep bass and skittering synths in this made-for-summer-radio head-bopper.
Iconic rockers Blondie are back after an eight-year hiatus with Panic of Girls, which is released on May 30. Trailing it is the punky, new-wave 'Mother', and it has everything a Blondie fan could ask for: a retro, guitar-driven melody, Debbie Harry's husky vocals and a fists-in-the-air chorus. Watch the official music video below:
The Saturdays: 'Notorious'
The glamorous five-piece return with this dance-infused pop ditty that will inspire women up and down the country to get their gangsta on down the local Walkabout on a Friday night. Leading the campaign for their upcoming fourth studio album, the girls have ditched the coloured tights and blossomed into dancefloor divas.
The Vaccines: 'All In White'
Flying the flag for British indie-rock in a chart dominated by electronic beats and sing-speak chants, The Vaccines pursue the return of guitar music with the fourth single to be taken from their debut album What Did You Expect From The Vaccines?, which reached number four on the UK album chart back in March. Watch a live performance of the track below:
Christina Aguilera ft. Cee Lo Green: 'Nasty'
It might be the least surprising hook-up of the month, but The Voice coaches' collaboration on 'Nasty' - an off-cut from Aguilera's Burlesque movie - shows them both at their most soulful and ballsy.
Nerina Pallot: 'Put Your Hands Up (We Are The Chatterley's Mix)'
Following 2009's The Graduate, Nerina Pallot releases 'Put Your Hands Up' from her forthcoming LP Year Of The Wolf this week. While the original is a wistful piece of soulful-indie pop, this remix courtesy of The Chatterleys injects it with a hefty dose of synths, giving it an extra summery glow.
J. Cole: 'The Return of Simba'
Rap newcomer J. Cole is currently prepping his debut album proper, which, judging by this taster, includes sampling dialogue from Disney's The Lion King. Going against the current grain of hip-hop/dance hybrids, Cole spits lyrics over a stripped-back beat for the third instalment of his Simba collection.
While we have the utmost respect for anyone daring enough to release their album the same week as GaGa's, CocknBullKid's debut 'Adulthood' is without doubt a worthy competitor. This cut - the self-assessing title track - is a punch-packing pop ditty with a touch of the Lily Allens to it.
Lady GaGa: 'The Queen'
Appearing on the special edition of GaGa's Born This Way LP, the track is an ensemble of bells, strings and electric guitars twinned with a gargantuan melody. What's more, the whiff of Freddie Mercury from the get-go makes it instantly listenable.
Emmy The Great: 'Iris'
Indie-folk singer-songwriter Emma-Lee Moss trails her sophomore album Virtue with the sprightly and ethereal 'Iris'. With a sound described by the lady herself as "digital medieval", this track about "Princess Impermanent" is due for release on June 6.
Which tracks are your favourites on this week's playlist? What upcoming releases are you looking forward to? Leave your comments in the box below: