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Playlist: 10 tracks you need to hear

By and Lewis Corner
Listen to our ten favourite new tracks below, including Stooshe, Noisettes, Usher and Florence + the Machine.

Stooshe: 'Black Heart' (out June 10)
Any fears that the London trio were a one-trick pony are quickly put to rest on their new single 'Black Heart'. The Supremes-esque ditty not only shows off each member's impressive vocal talents, but it puts us in mind of one of Girls Aloud's finest songs, 'The Promise'. RC



Noisettes: 'Winner' (out July 9)
Following their commercial breakthrough with 2009's 'Don't Upset The Rhythm', the Noisettes now face the pressure of anticipation for their third studio album. With that in mind, they jumped on a plane to Los Angeles and teamed up with will.i.am songwriter Jean Baptise to record 'Winner', which is a mix of bopping beats and funk-flowing guitar. LC



Usher: 'Scream' (release date tbc)
It's not an Usher album campaign without at least one uptempo number that will give the crooner a chance to showcase his on-point choreography. This time around it's the job of 'Scream' to supply the combo of foot-hopping beats and chest-pumping synths as backdrop to his impressive foot work. LC



Florence + the Machine: 'Breath of Life' (out now)
When you're making a beefed-up version of a popular fairytale, who better to record the soundtrack than Florence + the Machine? Florence Welch's haunting vocal scales over an enchanting orchestral composition, packed full of strings, brass and a gothic choir section that results in yet another reason to be excited for Snow White and the Huntsman. LC



Of Monsters and Men: 'Dirty Paws' (out May 21)
Say hello to Icelandic sextet Of Monsters and Men, who are hoping to make their mark on the UK after finding considerable success abroad. Their first UK release melds gentle indie-folk with a stadium sized string-laden chorus that Coldplay wouldn't cock a snook at. RC



Brandy ft. Chris Brown: 'Put It Down' (release date tbc)
After 2008's ballad-packed Human, Brandy has opted for an altogether bouncier sound for the lead cut from her new album Two Eleven. In fact, its sparse beats and a melody that takes a few listens to grow reminds us of 2002's brilliantly hectic Full Moon. RC



Vanquish: 'The Harder You Love' (out May 20)
We've been keeping an eye on rising girlband Vanquish for a while; particularly given that they've been working with some of Sweden's finest songwriters. Their debut track 'The Harder You Love' was helmed by Jorgen Elofsson (Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Lopez), and it's a relentless electro-pop stomper that includes the brilliant lyric: "Here comes a big bad wolf, he's gonna huff and puff my house down." RC



Paije Richardson: 'Bang Bang' (release date tbc)
The 2010 series of The X Factor continues to produce a mixed-bag genre of talent - and that's just the boys category. If Matt Cardle isn't crooning over his guitar, then Aiden Grimshaw is singing over a dub reverb. Now we have Paije Richardson's soul-funk vibes on his first cut 'Bang Bang', which leaves us wondering: what will Nicolò Festa come up with? LC



Shontelle ft. Gyptian: 'Freaky' (release date tbc)
Despite struggling to step out of Rihanna's shadow, Shontelle thankfully continues to play up to her Barbadian roots on her latest track, which surfaced online last week. 'Freaky' mixes earthy drums with all manner of catchy hooks with a sample courtesy of Red Rat - though truth be told, we'd have preferred a guest spot from Sean Paul over Gyptian. RC



B.o.B ft. Nicki Minaj: Out of My Mind (N/A)
B.o.B has some impressive collaborations on his new album Strange Clouds - including Morgan Freeman (!?) - but predictably, Nicki Minaj is our current favourite. Well, when she starts her rap skit with the line: "What's your name B.o.B., so they calling you Bob? Stop playing ni**a, you know that I'm known for the bob," how can it not be? LC



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