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Playlist: 10 tracks you need to hear
The Throne: 'Otis'
Having teased their collaborative project for most of 2011, the hip-hop pairing - consisting of Jay-Z and Kanye West - have finally serviced the first single proper from their highly-anticipated Watch The Throne album. Called, 'Otis', it's an amalgamation of swift and smart lyricism with Otis Redding's soul-filled 'Try A Little Tenderness'.
Knob-twiddling newcomer Breakbot aka Thibaut Berland returns after delighting dancefloors across the globe with his debut EP Baby I'm Yours. This is an infectious slice of discoid funk featuring the wonderfully Jackon-esque vocal of rising singer Ruckazoid. The track is available to download from August 9.
Nicola Roberts: 'Lucky Day'
Nicola 'Team Ginge' Roberts continues her pattern of working with oh-so-trendy producers on the optimistic 'Lucky Day', which was co-written with Canadian hipsters Dragonette. What's more, fans can expect a sweaty, New York-based clip to accompany its release on September 18.
One Republic: 'Good Life'
The band's fourth official single from their latest album Waking Up has been a surprise success in the US, giving them their first Top 10 hit since their debut 'Apologise' in 2007. With the song currently serving as the theme tune to the forthcoming film One Day, we have a sneaking suspicion they'll have little trouble replicating its success on these shores.
After supporting Lupe Fiasco's Aussie tour dates as part of Space Invadas, Fantine will release her debut single on August 7. The first track to be taken from her upcoming debut album - which will include work with Damon Albarn collaborator Jason Cox - 'Rubberroom' is an ensemble of twinkling electro squiggles and deep funk bass.
Natalia Kills: 'Free'
Following her guest spot on LMFAO's 'Champagne Showers', Natalia Kills returns to centre stage with 'Free', an uplifting power-pop anthem in which she unashamedly brags about her lack of cash - though we're sure guest feature and label boss will.i.am could lend her a bob or two.
Patrick Stump: 'This City'
While Fall Out Boy continue their hiatus, the band's lead singer Patrick Stump has traded the emo rock-outs for a sleeker, synth-infused hip-hop anthem. 'This City' serves as Stump's debut solo single taken from his upcoming album Soul Punk.
Sarah Williams White: 'Hide the Cracks'
South London singer-songwriter Sarah Williams is exciting critics with her latest single, a double-A side of 'Hide the Cracks/Charlie', out on September 12. Described as "shimmering sunshine soul," the former song's minimal but deceptively addictive urban beats make it the perfect headphone soundtrack for a summer street stroll.
Emeli Sandé: 'Heaven'
Having already penned a pair of Top 10 hits in the form of Chipmunk's 'Diamond Rings' and Wiley's 'Never Be Your Woman', Emeli Sandé is poised to achieve further success - but this time with her own name topping the bill. 'Heaven' - released August 15 - is a mixture of pacey house beats, mellow strings and Ronson-esque horn sections. Watch the official clip below:
Nicole Scherzinger: 'Wet'
From the same team that brought you Rihanna's 'Only Girl', Nicole Scherzinger sings of ripping her clothes off in the fourth UK single to be lifted from her Killer Love album. When it comes to a live performance of the song, we can only hope that she's as good as her word.
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