BADLY DRAWN BOY: The Time Of Times A reworked version of the track from his 2006 album, Born In The UK, that’s in the soundtrack to the romantic comedy Definitely Maybe. That’s why it’s got that acutely English feel.
THE FEELING: I Thought It Was Over Pulsating synth dance powered by an eager sense of anticipation of more to come. Taken from their new album, Join With Us, out today.
THE CORAL: Put The Sun Back It may be about the sun, but for The Coral this song unusually lacks much warmth and leaves nothing burned on the imagination.
CUT OFF YOUR HANDS: Oh Girl A worrying band name, maybe, but this punk pop outfit from New Zealand finds its punk pummelled into submission by the melodic pop powerhouse. Best to throw the towel in on the name.
PROJECT SUNDAY featuring SASHA: The Power Of Love Formerly known as The Sunday Project, for what it’s worth – which isn’t much. As if the early 80s original by Jennifer Rush wasn’t annoying enough, this cover is quicker yet weaker.
ASA: Asa If this is the future for world music, the future’s brighter than the sun. Songstress Asa hails from Nigeria and there is an idiosyncratic yet commercial touch to everything she sings. Themes range from slavery to romance and sometimes she treats us to the West African language Yoruba, which comes across as a singularly beautiful form of words. The sound fuses pop, world, funk, soul and reggae, all spiced with natural charm and an organic clarity to a voice rich in velvet smoothness, never more so than her single, Fire On The Mountain.
GLYDER: Playground For Life The southern Irish band are content to let influences from rock’s glorious past seep out here, be it early Iron Maiden or fellow Irishman Phil Lynott. The sound gets a melodic, anthemic punch, which helps to keep it on the right side of the line between emulation and soundalike.
LUPEN CROOK AND THE MURDERBIRDS: Iscariot The Ladder With that title, it was always going to be the musical equivalent of the Circus Of Horrors. Often its natural sense of disorder and ugliness will leave you disorientated. You never know what’s coming next – but you know it’ll not be nice.