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Playlist: 10 tracks you need to hear
Azealia Banks: 'Bambi'
Azealia has yet to finish recording her debut album, but it feels like a week barely passes without the New Yorker revealing a new tune. Her latest cut 'Bambi' was used as part of a Muggler fashion show in Paris and features a sample of 'The Repetition Kills You' by The Black Ghosts. However, it's the heavy discotheque beats and Banks's aptitude for guessing someone's star sign that are the real highlights here. LC
Eric Turner ft. Tinie Tempah, Lupe Fiasco: 'Angels & Stars'
After being the go-to crooner for rappers in 2011, Swedish star Eric Turner has called in a favour from his pals Tinie Tempah and Lupe Fiasco for his first major solo release. Once again Turner takes on chorus duties, and given that it sounds like 'Written in the Stars' mark II, we're sure he'll have no trouble turning this into a worldwide hit. RC
New Build (Hot Chip, LCD Soundsystem): 'Do You Not Feel Loved?'
LCD Soundsystem may have parted ways last year, but you'd be a fool to think that was the last we'd hear from its members. Now they have teamed up with Hot Chip to form the band New Build; and their latest cut 'Do You Not Feel Loved?' is a suitably electro affair with big thuds and wobbling synths. It's officially released on February 20. LC
Estelle: 'Thank You'
After an extended break from the UK charts, Estelle returns with 'Thank You' on March 5. An uplifting ode to her cheating ex-lover, the minimal production and soulful vocal puts us in mind of early Mary J Blige. Her third album All Of Me, is available on February 28. Watch the official music video below: RC
Moullinex & Peaches: 'Maniac'
Admittedly, when we first heard that someone, somewhere, was attempting to remake the 1983 dancefloor classic 'Maniac', we were ready to judge it with our serious music hats on. However, this modern-day take - featuring electro-pop singer Peaches - is far too much fun to go through the ball-ache of a proper appraisal. The four-track EP 'Casablanca Reworks' is out now. RC
Ed Sheeran: 'Drunk'
Leading the way with four nominations at this year's Brit Awards, Ed Sheeran is hoping to continue his streak of successful hits with 'Drunk', which is the fourth cut from his triple-platinum + album. It's a typically subtle Sheeran affair of tap-worthy hip-hop beats and trickling electric guitar riffs, and is officially released on February 27. LC
Delilah: 'Never Be Another'
The London singer's last single 'Love You So' may have fallen foul of last year's Christmas rush, but as she proves with her latest single, she's got plenty more up her sleeve for 2012. 'Never Be Another' is an infectious call out to her bad boy beau, complete with hand-claps, a dark piano riff and head-spinning chorus. RC
Santigold: 'Big Mouth'
Santigold recently revealed that the title of her second album will be Master of My Make-Believe, and judging by her latest cut, we don't doubt her for one second. 'Big Mouth' is an eclectic mix of minimalist percussion and tribal grooves and even includes a swipe at Lady GaGa. It's available as a free download from her official website. LC
Rune RK ft. Databoy: 'Memorise Me'
British readers may not recognise his name, but Rune RK is Denmark's biggest DJ and producer. Currently working with Nicki Minaj, Nervo and Kelly Rowland on forthcoming track 'Freefall', he's instead decided to lead his UK offensive with rising singer Databoy on 'Memorise Me', a hazy club number that has us longing for the summer months already. RC
Sleigh Bells: Comeback Kid
New York duo Sleigh Bells will release 'Comeback Kid' as their new single, which has been lifted from their upcoming second album Reign Of Terror. After promises of a poppier sound for 2012, their latest cut definitely contains more melody than their previous material. But don't fear; rumbling guitars, other-worldly squiggles and hypnotic vocals are still present in abundance. LC
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