“ The Sound ”
Playlist: 10 tracks you need to hear
Take That: 'Aliens'
One of the new tunes from their newly-released Progressed EP, the record-breaking five-some claim they are of the extraterrestrial sort over a pounding beat and head-thumping electric guitar strums.
Joss Stone: 'Somehow'
Following her departure from EMI, Joss Stone has gone indie and will release her new album LP1 through her own (and unfortunately titled) Stone'd Records company. Lead single 'Somehow' is a return to her soulful roots with mid-tempo beats, funky guitar plucks and her unmistakably powerhouse vocals.
Liam Bailey: 'It's Not The Same'
We enjoyed his guest feature spot on Chase & Status hit 'Blind Faith', but this trailer from his forthcoming EP It's Not The Same - a soothing, hang loose soul number - is getting us really excited for his debut album proper. Watch the official music video below:
Beady Eye: 'The Beat Goes On'
Carefree vocals and a sunkissed melody can be heard on Beady Eye's latest single, the third from their debut LP Different Gear, Still Speeding. While it's not quite their 'Champagne Supernova', its hazy and uplifting production make for a worthy addition to any summer soundtrack.
Adele: 'Set Fire To The Rain' (Thomas Gold Remix)
When releasing a third single off a multi-multi-million selling album, you're safest bet is to package it with some decent remixes - and that is exactly what Adele has done with 'Set Fire To The Rain'. Officially released on July 4, Thomas Gold has transformed the emotional power-ballad into a euphoric club smash - just in time for Ibiza's high season.
Following her surprise hit 'Skinny Love' earlier this year, 15-year-old Birdy has returned with a stripped-down cover of The xx's 'Shelter', which features on their Mercury Prize-winning debut. With heart-tugging vocals and an emotive piano melody, it's a worthy take on the haunting, understated original.
Sophie Ellis-Bextor: 'Off & On'
With Calvin Harris behind the mixing desk and lyrics supplied by couture-pop songstress Roisin Murphy, Sophie is in excellent company for the next single from her fourth studio set 'Make A Scene'. Loaded with synths, creepy electronics and a robotocised breakdown, it's '80s-inspired disco-pop at its very best.
Charlie Simpson: 'Parachutes'
Having worked his way through two boybands, former Busted and Fightstar member Charlie Simpson has now readied a solo album, Young Pilgrim, which is released on August 15. Executive produced by acclaimed Coldplay hitmaker Danton Supple, his hallmarks are easily identified in this trailer single, titled 'Parachutes'.
Guillemots: 'I Must Be A Lover'
Despite a jam-packed summer festival schedule, the Guillemots have found time to release another single from their latest set Walk the River. Raw vocals and toe-tapping guitar riffs make for a welcome break from the electro-bop numbers cluttering the airwaves.
PNAU: 'Solid Ground'
Unleashing the second single from their upcoming album Soft Universe, Aussie duo PNAU deliver another ensemble of wistful vocals, twinkly jingles and strings for their latest track 'Solid Ground', which is bound to keep festival crowds from Down-under suitably pumped.