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Playlist: 10 tracks you need to hear
Rebecca Ferguson: 'Too Good To Lose' (Seamus Haji Remix)
Remember when Rebecca Ferguson sang Robin S's 'Show Me Love' on The X Factor? Well, her new single 'Too Good To Lose' - out February 26 - is about as close as her debut album Heaven gets to revisiting the club classics genre. While the standard version isn't quite fast enough to get down to on a dancefloor, this remix courtesy of Seamus Haji certainly is. RC
Jay-Z ft. Blue Ivy: 'Glory'
When most men become fathers they take a photo of their newborn and show it off to their friends and family down the local pub. Jay-Z is not most men, and so he instead released this track 'Glory' (which features the cries of Blue Ivy) and made his daughter the youngest ever artist to be credited on the US Billboard chart. LC
Lianne La Havas: 'Forget'
Following up her stunning 'Lost & Found' EP last year, Lianne La Havas returns with a new mini collection titled 'Forget' on February 12. The lead track is more "produced" than her previous releases, but she remains subtle and beautifully understated. Listen to a live acoustic performance of the track below: RC
DJ Fresh: 'Hot Right Now'
Following on from his number one smash 'Louder', DJ Fresh has teamed up with Rita Ora for his latest cut 'Hot Right Now'. The new track is a combo of breakneck beats and fuzzy bass with an earworm hook that will bury itself into your head for days on end. It will be available to download on February 12. LC
Foster The People: 'Don't Stop (Colour on the walls)'
Keen to escape the "one hit wonder" tag since the success of their debut single 'Pumped Up Kicks', Foster The People return with the fourth cut from their latest LP Torches. And given that it sounds suspiciously similar to their last hit, we suspect they'll have little problem making this a chart hit. Watch the official music video below: RC
Emeli Sandé: 'Next To Me'
Winner of the Brits Critics' Choice Award 2012, Emeli Sandé will release 'Next To Me' as the third single to be lifted from her highly-anticipated debut Our Version Of Events. The track is an inspiring mix of gospel-styled 'oohs', soulful vocals and stellar piano. LC
Maverck Sabre: 'No One'
Having just missed out on picking up this year's Critics' Choice prize at the Brit Awards, Maverick Sabre is pushing ahead with the third single from his forthcoming album Lonely Are The Brave. 'No One' is another soul/hip-hop number with an earworm of a chorus and vocal that puts us in mind of the late Amy Winehouse. The album and single are both available to download on February 6. RC
Beatrice Eli vs. Drake: 'The Conqueror/Underground Kings'
Rising singer-songwriter Beatrice Eli puts out her new single 'The Conqueror' on January 30; and while the original is a stadium-shaking synth-ballad, this mash-up with Drake's 'Underground Kings' transforms it into a beautifully understated affair. RC
Jason Mraz: 'I Won't Give Up'
The second song to be lifted from Jason Mraz's as-yet-untitled new album, 'I Won't Give Up' is a gentle composition of soothing guitar and raw vocal that hears the artist remain adamant that he will save his crumbling relationship with the one he loves. LC
Rick Ross ft. Kelly Rowland: 'Mine Games'
Ahead of releasing his curiously-titled new LP God Forgives, I Don't later this year, Rick Ross satisfied his fans' appetite for new material with his new mixtape Rich Forever last week. The new free bundle sees the rapper teaming up with Kelly Rowland on 'Mine Games', which is a pleasant mix of sultry vocals, hypnotic chimes and thick hip-hop beats. LC
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