Dan: Stop Hey is the third single from Jade Williams, aka Sunday Girl, ahead of her debut album to be released later in the year. Powerful synths, and punchy drums drive this little pop gem, but Williams' charming jazz voice really makes the song. Great chorus.
>> Sunday Girl on iTunes
I Blame Coco - Turn Your Back On Love
Bobble: Nothing hugely original here, but strong vocals and a decent backing track, and nothing to really complain about. Might be a bit early in the year though - I reckon this'd sound great in the car, driving to the beach on a hot summer's day.
>> I Blame Coco - Turn Your Back On Love on iTunes
Chipmunk ft. Chris Brown - Champion
Dan: As self-aggrandising RnB anthems go, this is one of the least palatable imaginable. Chipmunk teams up with world-famous domestic abuser Chris Brown to tell the world they are born champions, before appearing to walk on water in the video. Wow. The song's rubbish too.
>> Chipmunk ft. Chris Brown - Champion on iTunes
Bobble: This could be the first true pop-dance-RnB fusion - it sounds like a Taio Cruz song, yet sounds exactly like a Kylie song too. It's better than I expected and doesn't seem too self-absorbed, either - just a good uplifting track, wherever you happen to hear it.
>> Taio Cruz on iTunes
P J Harvey - The Words That Maketh Murder
Dan: An anti-war song from Polly Harvey feels like quite a momentous thing. One of the modern greats of British music singing lines like "I've seen soldiers fall like lumps of meat" over a strangely upbeat acoustic track is enthralling, thrilling and powerful.
>> P J Harvey - The Words That Maketh Murder on iTunes