Standout performance at this year’s Brit Awards

Makes it seem almost cool to have a broken heart.

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New Music: Audrianna Cole

This little lady has an amazingly powerful voice, and listening to ‘Misplaced’ literally made me stop and escape into my own world for a few minutes. So excited I’ve stumbled across Audrianna Cole. Check out here.

First Listen: Erik Hassle ‘Are You Leaving’

Erik Hassle, one of my favourite Swedes of late, is previewing his first new single here (wait for the Swedish ad to finish then it plays straight after). It’s out in Sweden tomorrow. It’s excellent. An electro transition from the older Hassle stuff. Love it. Nothing this man does is wrong at the moment.

New Music: Moses Melkonian

“I write my music to share moments that we all experience.  Whether that moment was when I thought ‘shit, you’re beautiful’ or ‘wow, the view from here is great,’ it doesn’t matter, because we all feel greatness like that, usually together, as a collective entity.  And you know that’s happening when a killer track comes on and everyone’s dancing.  It’s like wow! – what’s happening here?  Those moments are timeless, and I want to feel them in everything I do. I create my tracks from impulsive feelings, and for me it’s just about staying true to that  impulse, and letting that mature and grow into something transcendental.” I haven’t heard of Moses Melkonian until today, and there doesn’t seem to be much out there online about his work but this is simply a gorgeous piece of music. Check out here.

MP3: Moses Melkonian – Lunar Lull

Penguin Prison does a little Valentine remix

Head over to Penguin Prison’s Soundcloud to listen to ‘Penguin Prison’s Valentines Day 2011 Mix’. You’ve got some Billy Idol, Phil Collins and New Edition in there. Smooth.

Make your own Northern Lights!

So this doesn’t really have anything to do with music but I thought it was so cool I had to post it on here. Visit Norway have put up this amazing game where you create and record your own Northern Lights. It’s so much fun. Norway rocks! Check it out here.

New Music: The Shoes

Saw this band in the Guardian last week as one of Mike Skinner’s featured new acts. French electro pop with a dark, grounded edge to it. Check out here.

New Music: Erika Fatale

This lady has been on my radar for a while now. Very strong voice, Erika Fatale has a vibe which makes me think this is the sort of music Christina Aguilera would be doing if she had her head screwed on properly. Having listened to a few of her tracks, I have a feeling it’ll be a matter of time before she blows up in the pop world… ‘Liquid’ is an impressive tune. Check out here.

New Music: Lectrolips

Lectrolips make music which I can only sum up as cheeky electropop. It’s fun. Their song ‘Stromotion’ was recently used in the WAHL UK commercial campaign. I have a WAHL, without which I would probably look like a monster. So on that account, I reckon they’re good. They’ve got some good tracks which you can download for free here, or check out their blog.

MP3: Lectrolips – What We Came For

New Music: The New Spring

”When being in love everything that was inside before is now worn outside. Sweat bubbles in your palms, blood flushes through to the cheek (blushing). This feeling illustrates more than anything else the body’s reluctance to take a definite form”. Beautiful acoustic songs about love from Bastian Kallesøe. Check out here.

First Listen: Lady Gaga ‘Born This Way’

What are we thinking? Good? Ok? Bad? I think it’s a grower- get ready to hear this on the radio non stop! Check out our Gaga competition!

*UPDATE: two plays later it’s grown on me: This is AMAZING!*

Win Lady Gaga & Katy Perry CDs courtesy of ALFITUDE and Capital FM!

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And to celebrate the national launch of Capital FM and the Hotspot map we’re giving three ALFITUDE readers the chance to each win a bundle of Katy Perry and Lady Gaga CD’s!

All you have to do to enter the draw is email us at ******* with the title ‘CAPITAL FM’ on the subject bar before 13:00 on Sunday 20th Feb 2011. Competition is only open to UK residents, and we’ll get in touch with the winners via email. Good luck!

The Streets has to go to Number 1 on Sunday’s charts… It has to!

So, The Street’s very last album was released this week in the UK. It’s currently on course to make the Top 5 in the album charts on Sunday. But for what is probably the best album to come out of Mike Skinner since ‘A Grand Don’t Come For Free’, as well as the sheer fact that this is THE LAST ONE, I really think everyone should go out and buy a CD or go to iTunes and get a copy… It’s epic, and has that ‘last day of term’ vibe to it. It’s excellent… Trust Me.

Love disco? You NEED this album!

I was at Fopp (in Covent Garden) earlier today and I had one of those ‘I’m trying super hard not to dance to whatever it is they’re playing on the stereo’ moments, but I gave up and started doing a bit of shuffling around the DVD isle. After overcoming my shyness and asking the hot Fopp person what it was they were playing, I was told it was Disco Discharge: Mondo Disco. There’s some Boney M, Liquid Gold and Space alongside Andy Williams and Passengers. Disco works best when mixed properly, and this is definitely one of the better disco compilations around. None of the super famous numbers, but it’ll make your groove shake.

New Music: Parade

I can be a massive sucker for girl bands (I can’t help it). These ladies could (and probably will) rival The Saturdays very soon- ‘Louder’ is pop perfection. Check out here.

New Music: Fallulah

Already huge in Denmark, Fallulah is some seriously cool pop. This is like some speeded up Lykke Li. Check out here.

New Music: Walk The Moon

Walk The Moon make catchy indie music that sticks in your head for a few hours after playing. I guess they’re a bit like an American version of Hoosiers. ‘Anna Sun’ is pretty fun to listen to. Check out here.

First Listen: The Streets ‘Computers and Blues’ (Album Stream)

Click here to listen to The Street’s final album, ‘Computers and Blues’ in full before it’s release later in the month. It’s excellent. I’ll be sad to see the end of The Streets… until their gig in March!