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Playlist: 10 tracks you need to hear

By and Lewis Corner
Listen to our ten favourite new songs this week, including AlunaGeorge, Hurts, Charli XCX, Dido and Bastille.

AlunaGeorge: 'Diver' (release date tbc)
After being the most-blogged act of 2012 and being honoured in numerous 2013 preview lists, AlunaGeorge continue their penchant for an alternative R&B jam on 'Diver'. Easy-going beats, daydream vocals and quirky squiggles reaffirm their position as one of the UK's brightest new talents. LC



Hurts: 'Miracle' (released March 10)
The Manchester duo may have gone a bit Coldplay on us, but they've not lost their knack for an epic, stadium-shuddering chorus. Hopefully, the more radio-friendly sound means the UK catches up with mainland Europe in fully realising their amazingness. LC



The Pretty Reckless: 'Kill Me' (released TBC)
Ever the controversialist, Taylor Momsen asks people to kill her on the band's latest track. Naturally, the teen rocker makes the pleas over growling guitar and strangely addictive head-banging solos. LC



BeBe Black: 'Deathwish' (out January 21)
Rising singer BeBe Black cites old-school Madonna, Siouxsie Sioux and Kate Bush as just some of her influences, all of which are neatly encapsulated in her new track 'Deathwish'. The track itself is a relentless and moody affair that, to throw another name into the ring, puts us in mind of La Roux's Elly Jackson. RC



Duke Dumont ft. A*M*E: 'Need U (100%)' (out March 4)
Rising singer A*M*E guest features on DJ Duke Dumont's latest track, which she co-wrote with teenage wonder-kid MNEK (Saturdays, Rudimental). The juddery, ambient beats fused with sassy lyrics recalls some of the best of the '90s club classics. RC



Dido ft. Kendrick Lamar: 'Let Us Move On' (out now)
2013 is the year Dido makes her long-awaited return to music. The British singer has teamed up with hip-hop newbie Kendrick Lamar for her new cut, which echoes her familiar style of hollered beats and wistful vocals. LC



Suede: 'Barriers' (out now as free download)
Suede have chosen a suitably anthemic track to head up their first album in ten years, which packs in plenty of the chantalong hooks they're best known for. The LP, Bloodsports, follows in March this year. RC



Charli XCX: 'You (Ha Ha Ha)' (release date tbc)
After rounding off 2012 with her mixtape 'Super Ultra', Charli XCX has promptly kicked off 2013 with her new single 'You (Ha Ha Ha)'. The track samples the Gold Panda song of the same name, but its distinctive lyrics find her honing a sound that falls somewhere in the Santigold/MIA section of pop. RC



Bastille: 'Pompeii' (released February 24)
They may have been frustratingly over-looked on a lot of 2013's ones-to-watch lists, but with a new single this good, they will be just fine. Lion King-inspired chants, bounding drums and jolly organ taps make for some addictive folk-pop. LC



Peace: 'Wraith' (out January 13)
BBC Sound of 2013 longlisters Peace follow up the success of last year's 'Delicious' EP with 'Wraith', which they describe as being about "falling in love with a prostitute, but not really a prostitute and not really falling in love". Confused? So are we, but nonetheless we're impressed with the results. RC



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