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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 Gamu, One Direction, Usher, Marina and the Diamonds and Haim.

Gamu: 'Shake the Room' (out April 14)
Famed for missing out on a spot on The X Factor live shows and causing the public to turn on Cheryl Cole back in 2011, Gamu has finally returned with bopping '60s grooves and a surprise rap for a sold and soulful debut. LC



One Direction: 'One Way Or Another (Teenage Kicks)' (out now)
The group teased us about their official Comic Relief single for so long that by the time of its first radio play, we felt as if we'd already heard it. That said, the 'Teenage Kicks' middle eight is a spot of genius. RC



Haim: 'Falling' (out April 1)
The US trio have kept relatively quiet since winning this year's BBC Sound Of 2013 poll, presumably because they're hard at work on their debut album. We'll admit we weren't overly enthusiastic about their last single 'Don't Save Me', but the moody synths and whispering vocals of 'Falling' have left us mightily intrigued to hear more. RC



Marina and the Diamonds: 'E.V.O.L' (free download)
Marina Diamandis surprised fans with a Valentine's Day gift in the form of new track 'E.V.O.L'. Forming part of her Electra Heart campaign, the track centres around the darker side of love, branding it "evol" (a play on "evil", FYI.) LC



Usher: 'Go Missin'' (free download)
It was only a matter of time before Usher re-teamed with Diplo, the man behind his best single in years 'Climax'. Naturally, round two lacks the surprise factor of the original, but blending of the star's timeless R&B vocal with opaque synths still excites us. RC



John Newman: 'Try' (free download)
After lending his distinctive vocal to Rudimental's 'Feel The Love' and 'Not Giving In', John Newman is going it alone with 'Try'; a soul-pop number that sounds like the love child of Plan B and the late Amy Winehouse. RC



YYZ: 'Lost in the Mix' (out now)
YYZ is a pop trio consisting of singer Ali McNally, Dan Gamble (synths/guitar) and DJ Ed Wilder. Their new cut is a bouncy club number that sounds primed for a spot on the next Just Dance video game instalment. LC



Alison Moyet: 'Changeling' (out now)
The singer returns after an extended break from music with her eighth studio album the minutes and new single 'Changeling', which, with its juddering synths and power-ballad chorus, is surprisingly on-trend. RC



J Cole: 'Power Trip' (release date tbc)
The rapper has teamed up with R&B crooner Miguel the lead cut from his new album Born Sinner. Wobbly bass and tinny hip-hop snare make it a welcome return from J Cole, who continues to conquer the music world outside of America. LC



Beatrice Eli: 'It's Over' (out March 24)
Scandipop starlet Beatrice Eli has been going from strength to strength in her homeland of Sweden. Hoping to replicate her success on British shores, the star will release dark-pop jam 'It's Over' next month. LC



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