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Playlist: 10 tracks you need to hear

By and Lewis Corner
Listen to our ten favourite forthcoming releases this week, including Lana Del Rey, Sophie Ellis-Bextor and The Black Keys.

Lana Del Rey: 'Born To Die'
We thought it would be near-impossible for Lana to top the chilling 'Video Games', but her new cut - the title track from her forthcoming album - may just have out-haunted its predecessor. Listen to the track, which is available to download on January 23, below: RC



Azealia Banks: '212'
Having debuted her first cut '212' months ago, Azealia Banks is rapidly building herself a sturdy fanbase outside of hipster-only circles. The New York rapper recently topped NME's 'Cool List' and is the early favourite to scoop BBC's Sound Of 2012 accolade. With a new album out in the New Year, the next 12 months are already starting to shape up rather nicely for the hip-hop newcomer. (Warning: video NSFW) LC



Bob Sinclar ft. Sophie Ellis-Bextor: 'F**k With You'
It's been a while since the French producer and DJ bothered the UK charts (2006's 'Rock This Party' to be exact), but we have a sneaking suspicion this new collaboration with pop's classiest bird will get him noticed once again. In fact, we couldn't think of anyone better to make that word sound sophisticated. We look forward to seeing the accompanying music video in early 2012. RC



The Black Keys: 'Lonely Boy'
Following their US Top 10 breakthrough in 2010, The Black Keys are currently gearing up to release their seventh studio album El Camino this week. The LP's trailer cut 'Lonely Boy' is a blues-meets-rock knees up of burly guitars and a hook-laden chorus with an inspired dance routine to boot. LC



Cover Drive: 'Twilight'
We'll admit we were pleasantly surprised when Cover Drive's debut 'Lick Ya Down' landed in the Top 10 earlier this year. Their follow-up - due out January 22 next year - may be less in-yer-face, but it's loaded with equal measures of Caribbean spice and a worryingly infectious hook. Watch the official music video below: RC



Mohombi: In Your Head
He's already taken most of Europe by storm, but now Mohombi has his sights firmly set on global success. Signed to RedOne's 2101 Records, the Swedish-Congolese R&B crooner releases 'In Your Head' as his first official worldwide single. It will be available to download in the New Year. LC



Beatrice Eli: 'The Conqueror'
Scandipop siren Beatrice Eli offers up a moody and synth-heavy sound on her debut track 'The Conqueror'. Influenced by a range of artists including Janet Jackson and Bjork, she boldly admits that she hopes to achieve their sense of "fearlessness or badassness". 'The Conqueror' will be available to download on January 16. LC



From Above: 'Not the Same Girl'
With the last member of Destiny's Child having flown from his nest, music mogul Mathew Knowles has got his teeth stuck into new girlband From Above. His claims that they remind him of Destiny's Child - their "voices, image and personalities" - may be somewhat premature, but given his track record, we're not going to argue with him just yet. RC



Donkeyboy: 'City Boy'
The Norwegian band who were covered by Joe McElderry last year ('Ambitions'), Donkeyboy have returned with their trademark sound of Euro beats and disco riffs. 'City Boy' is the trailer cut from their upcoming second studio album and is available to download now. Watch the official music video below: LC



Alexandra Stan: 'Get Back (ASAP)'
With her debut smash 'Mr Saxobeat' finally out of the chart, Romanian star Alexandra Stan has returned to the UK shores in search of a follow-up hit. The production and lyrics may be more predictable than a lads' night out in Magaluf, but there is something strangely addictive about this what-should-be generic club number. RC



Which are your favourite tracks on this week's playlist? What forthcoming releases are you looking forward to? Leave your comments in the box below:

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