JLS: Everybody In Love.Harmony-drenched teen anthem follow-up to the boy band’s number one hit Beat Again. More imploring than a doey-eyed puppy begging for a biscuit.
DIONNE BROMFIELD: Mama Said.Amy Winehouse is godmother to the 13-year-old Londoner – and this is a straight up cover of the Shirelles’ 1961 classic. It’ll open the ears and minds of teens to the rich 60s Motown and soul vaults and that can only be a good thing. Few godmothers would be so tattoed though.
SHMOO: Amnesia.Out to take synth into a new direction so they big-up the sound but seem to lose their way halfway through before opting for the sprint finish.
TRASHCAN SINATRAS: People.Five years since their last album, the Scots are back and clearly feeling happy. How quaint – and the gentle melodic roll captures their mix of smooth music with bittersweet lyrics.
CALVIN HARRIS: Flashback.Hugely euphoric piano and synth roller that racks up the sense of anticipation to virtually unbearable proportions yet you just feel he never lets it really go.
SOUND OF GUNS: Elementary Of Youth.Melodic, staccato guitar-blazing rock that struts around all over the place like a cockeral on steroids.
THE BLIZZARDS: Domino EffectThe Irish band sets off at an immensely promising pace with the brilliant torchbearer Buy It Sell It that ebbs and flows on its way to guitar pop glory. Can they keep it up? Well, they have a decent go with the irreverent pop pogo of Trust Me I’m A Doctor followed by fun romps, festival pleasers, a harmonica folk strut and shades of Sparks-like 70s surfacing here and there.
TAIO CRUZ: Rokstarr He certainly knows how to mix it up in terms of fusing synth and a dash of oh-so-soft rock with his velvet soul voice. The result ranges from big synth rollers through to full-on piano-tinkling ballads. The production is smooth and sleek – but you’d expect nothing less.The 26-year-old Londoner takes on the big US names at their own game ... and wins.
VARIOUS: New Moon.Must-have for teen devotees of the Twilight saga films and includes Death Cab For Cutie, Muse, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, The Killers and the Editors.