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Playlist: 10 tracks you need to hear
Justin Timberlake ft. Jay-Z: 'Suit and Tie' (out now)
We were all expecting Justin to bring his sexy back when he announced his return to music last week, so it's hard to feel slightly underwhelmed by the tempo of his comeback track. That said, after multiple listens, its slick, Timbaland-helmed R&B grooves shine through gloriously.
Dido: 'No Freedom' (release date tbc)
After unveiling her collaboration with Kendrick Lamar earlier this month, Dido has put out the trailer single for her upcoming album Girl Who Got Away. And like all good Dido songs, the net of its appeal casts wider than most.
Laura Mvula: 'Green Garden' (out February 24)
After narrowly missing out on scooping this year's Brits Critics' Choice prize, Laura Mvula has promptly pushed forward with 'Green Garden'; a pacey number that's minimal on instruments but stuffed to the brim with soul.
Theme Park: 'Tonight' (out February 18)
The trio head up their eponymous debut LP with 'Tonight', which melds xx-style ambience with neon-pop melodies.
MAUSI: 'Move' (out late January)
Newcomers MAUSI are sticking two fingers up to the January weather with 'Move'; an infectious slice of summery pop that immediately conjures up images of poolside cocktail-sipping. Sigh.
Destiny's Child: 'Nuclear' (out January 28)
We, like the rest of DC's fans, couldn't help but get a little over-excited by the announcement of their Love Songs album last week. Our hopes were suddenly dashed when news arrived that it was mostly previous material with the exception of 'Nuclear' - and while it's almost certainly an off-cut from yesteryear, it's always a treat to hear Michelle, Kelly and Beyonce's vocals in perfect harmony.
Josef Salvat: 'This Life' (release date tbc)
Aussie singer-songwriter Josef is flavour of the month on the blogosphere, which he'll be hoping to build on with the release of 'This Life' in the coming months. The track itself blends slick acoustics with gentle synths which - we're just going to say it - sounds more than a little Lana.
Olly Murs: 'Army of Two' (out March 10)
The singer has turned his attention to his fans for his latest track, which is filled with almost as many affirmations as Jessie J's entire album. Not only are the militant drums a welcome change from his usual brassier sound, but it should go down a treat on his upcoming arena tour and stadium shows with a certain Robbie Williams later this year.
Frank Ocean ft. Andre 3000 & Big Boi: 'Pink Matter (Remix)' (out now)
Big Boi insisted that his and Andre's names be listed separately on this re-working of Ocean's track so as to avoid it being Outkast's official comeback. After hearing his contribution to the track we can see why, but it's still nice to hear their reunion is finally on the horizon.
Jackie D Williams: 'Unite With Me' (out January 21)
Rising singer Jackie D Williams has been tipped for success this year after pre-orders for his new EP soared the day it was announced. The set's lead single 'Unite With Me' is a blend of acoustics, Sheeran-esque vocals and a sturdy pianos 'n' strings melody, resulting in an anthemic track that sounds as if it's been built for radio.
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