Lady Gaga - Born This Way
Bobble: Born This Way is much, much less annoying than most Lady Gaga songs, but it's not as good as everyone will say it is. For the same thing - but done better - get David Guetta's When Love Takes Over. Highlight is at 1:37 when I'm fairly sure Gaga sings "Give me some puddings, and Lovenkrands". Now that is genius.
>> Lady Gaga - Born This Way on iTunes
JLS ft. Tinie Tempah - Eyes Wide Shut
Dan: If I'm imagining Aston Merrygold and Tinie Tempah artfully entwined at the centre of a freaky experimental sex party, a la the film of the same name, then it's only because the thought entertains me more than listening to this formulaic garbage. Tinie's contribution lifts the track a little, but overall this is dull, dull, dull.
>> JLS ft. Tinie Tempah - Eyes Wide Shut on iTunes
Sea Of Bees - Wizbot
Dan: Don't get too excited, that's Wizbot, not Wizbit. The first single from Sea of Bees' Songs For Ravens is a simple but beautiful song about love, loss and longing, and nothing whatsoever to do with Paul Daniels' 7-foot alien magic hat. Otagazuzulum indeed.
>> Sea of Bees - Wizbot on iTunes
Maps & Atlases - Living Decorations
Dan: My pick of the week on a personal level, Maps & Atlases are one of those groups that have been on my 'to-do' list for some time. Living Decorations is a sprightly three minutes of playful indie-pop experimentalism. Now I'll have to go and buy the album.
>> Maps & Atlases - Living Decorations on iTunes
Tony Christie - Now's The Time!
Bobble: Tony Christie (what a legend) is keeping 1960s lounge kitsch alive with a fairly frantic and very, very upbeat three minutes of big band, big vocals distilled musical joy. Plus, you get to sing "Batman!" over the backing track - take a listen and you'll see what I mean.
>> Tony Christie - Now's the Time! on iTunes
The Thermals - Not Like Any Other Feeling
Dan: More radio friendly punk-rock from The Thermals, there's nothing revolutionary about this track, but despite that there's a lot to like about it. A nice riff, and a warm 70s analogue sound make Not Like Any Other Feeling a solid 7 out of 10.
>> The Thermals - Not Like Any Other Feeling on iTunes