First Listen: Example ‘Stay Awake’

This is about drugs, isn’t it?

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First Listen: Cher Lloyd ‘Swagger Jagger’

Let’s be clear about this – I despised Cher Lloyd from the start on the X Factor. I found her cocky, ridiculously tacky and annoying. That said, I like this track. I know it samples ‘Oh My Darling Clementine‘ and forces in just about every current pop genre in a couple of short minutes but its a hot mess I’m enjoying listening to. I’m sorry. Listen to it here.

Update: Little brat’s pissed off the song’s leaked, ‘”I’ve never been this upset ever!” Lloyd tweeted following the leak. “I worked so hard, and people wanna ruin it for me, if you wanted to hurt me you’ve done a great job (sic).

“please dont do this to me. i wish i was at home with my family, i’ve been through enough this year. me and my brats are stronger than this!! come onnnn! lets get em !!!!”

I’d be a bit glad to know people can’t wait to hear my music but whatever…

First Listen: Birdy ‘Shelter’

At just 15, Birdy’s already had a big impact with her track ‘Skinny Lover’. Now she’s back with a reworking of The xx’s ‘Shelter’ which is just beautiful. Check out here.

First Listen: Nicola Roberts ‘Beat Of My Drum’

I know, a lot of people will look down on this single but for what it’s worth, this is about as edgy as mainstream pop is in the UK right now- and it’s actually a lot of fun. Produced by Diplo and Dimitri Tikovoi. She was always the odd one out from Girls Aloud, and this single is pretty left field compared to what the other girls have done with their solo stuff. And dare I say, I see small hints of Robyn in there too. Check out here.

First Listen: The Kill Van Kulls ‘Lost and Found’

I just adore this new single by The Kill Van Kulls, who I’ve featured on here before. Visit the band’s website to hear more, or download a remix of ‘Lost and Found’ right here!

MP3: The Kill Van Kulls – Lost and Found (Swansong Remix)

First Listen: Blackroom ‘Control’

I mentioned this Norwegian group some time ago and this is their new single. I don’t think you can find any flaws in this perfect piece or electropop with a big throwback to trip hop.

First Listen: Friendly Fires ‘Hawaiian Air’

Sun drenched, idyllic, blissful sound coming from Friendly Fires‘ forthcoming album, Pala. This must be the best album of the year I reckon. It’s sounding amazing so far. Check out the Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs remix here.

First Listen: Beastie Boys ‘Hot Sauce Committee Part Two’

Listen to the FULL album right here from the Beastie Boys! This is such a good way to start the week… back on form!

First Listen: Neon Hitch ‘Silly Girl’

Neon Hitch was one of the first artists featured on this blog, and this is her second single. It’s dirty.

First Listen: Frankmusik feat Far East Movement “Do It In the AM”

After the success of his top ten UK debut, Frankmusik is preparing to release his fresh blend of synth-pop, hard-knocking beats and flowing melodies in the US with Do It In the AM featuring Far East Movement (out July 18th) a new album inspired by the energy of his adopted hometown of Los Angeles. The single is produced by Billboard (Britney), Martin Kierzenbaum (Lady GaGa) and Frankmusik, and is one of his catchiest songs to date. So exciting!

First Listen: Friendly Fires ‘Live Those Days Tonight’

First single from my favourite band’s second album, out in May, called Pala. Nothing Friendly Fires does is wrong right now. So good. So good. Much as I love my job I was GUTTED to have missed out on pre-sale tickets for their comeback gig later in the year when I couldn’t get near to a computer. Anyone wanna be a lovey and give me a ticket?

First Listen: Robyn feat Teddybears ‘Cardiac Arrest’

Teddybears have previously worked with Robyn on ‘Cobrastyle’ from *that* album which shook the pop world crazy side. They’ve collaborated with her again on ‘Cardiac Arrest’- it’s got a cheeky upbeat poppy vibe to it which is just perfect to listen to on one’s birthday! Buy it here.

First Listen: Lykke Li ‘Wounded Rhymes’

Click here to listen to Lykke Li’s new album, Wounded Rhymes, in full before it’s release next week.  If her first album, Youth Novels, was an innocent and fragile record then this is it’s darker, earthier sister. Jag tycker om hon ny album!

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.

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!*

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!

First Listen: Britney Spears ‘Hold It Against Me’

Britney gone done dubstep! So amazing!

First Listen: Frankmusik ‘The Fear Inside’

Click here to listen to Frankmusik’s new single from upcoming album ‘Follow The Leader’. Epic electro!