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Single of the week
Brandy BRANDY - 'TALK ABOUT OUR LOVE'
American R&B seems to be much shinier and polished than our own homegrown flygirls and homeboys. The likes of 411 and Mis-Teeq for example, get up early, study the R&B form book and put in gruelling 14 hour days to try and get that polished roughness. But somehow they'll never sound as good as the likes of Brandy, who doesn't even seem to break a sweat on this lush, honey-coated groove. Oh and by the way, Kanye West is the guest rapper here, but as he's guesting on at least 70% of all records released right now we weren't going to mention it...

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Britney BRITNEY SPEARS - 'EVERYTIME'
Put aside for one minute the malarky surrounding our Brit's latest vid and you're left with a beautiful little tune which wouldn't have been out of place on one of Madonna's recent albums. You would not believe this is the same girl who only recently rocked the entire pop world with the red-blooded sauceathon 'Toxic'. She sings in a near-death gasp like she's exhausted from us getting all in her face, while winged cherubs muck about with an old musical box in the background. Evanescence would kill for a tune as delicate and mournful like this, only they'd spoil it with sledgehammer guitars. A fragile joy.

3 stars Watch the full length video!
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N.E.R.D. N.E.R.D. - 'MAYBE'
Hats off to Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo for not resting on their hip-hop laurels. This lolloping, piano-led rocker - closer to Oasis than Jay-Z - is typical of their experimental approach to recording 'Fly Or Die'. Chock full of rock guitars, prog rock noodling and yes, even some mellow jazzy interludes. Which makes this hip-hop Jim, but not as we know it. So, extra points awarded for avoiding the usual, dreary gangsta cliches in the search for something new, but a better tune would be nice next time.

5 stars Watch the full length video!
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Javine JAVINE - 'BEST OF MY LOVE'
Blimey, we pity the fool who'd take on Javine when she's been wronged, if this song is anything to go by. The Popstars: The Rivals reject blazes her way through a soaring R&B slamdown to an unfortunate ex, which is equal parts strutting pop clapalong and Mis-Teeq-y tongue-twister. In all honesty this is no great distance from the kind of songs Victoria Beckham had out for her first solo album - only with better singing - which makes for an oddly anonymous listening experience, but other than that, we've no complaints.

5 stars Watch the full length video!
Morillo MORILLO FEATURING AUDIO BULLYS - 'BREAK DOWN THE DOORS'
Superstar DJ, New York born Erick Morillo has teamed up with punk-dance duo Audiobullys (newbies should try and imagine the dunce cousins of The Streets) on this thundering house stomper. More worthy than a mere hands-in-the-air, grindingly heavy dance anthem, the track bears enough subtlety - and a canny sample of the Rolling Stones' disco adventure 'Miss You' - to make you sit up, take notice and then leap onto the dancefloor. Unless you've got something BETTER to do...

5 stars Watch the full length video!
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Freestylers FREESTYLERS - 'PUSH UP'
With lines like "Gotta make that sexy booty mine" and "I love it when you shake that ass" this record is unlikely to further the current cause of, say, the West's worsening relationship with the Middle East. But taken on face value as a throwaway dancefloor filler with an unashamed Prince-like sequence of funky 80's rhythms, it's hard to beat. And hound dogs out there are bound to enjoy the Jordan lookalike in the video who spends a day in the high street rubbing up against lamp posts and trees in a suggestive manner and then taking a cab home. Nice day's work if you can get it, and probably more than Jordan does on an average day...

5 stars Listen to the song
Taz TAZ - 'CAN'T CONTAIN ME'
South London rapper Taz comes from the same stable of DIY MCs that spawned the Mercury Music Prize winning Dizzee Rascal. Like Dizzee, the Taz-ter possesses a scattergun armoury of rhymes and the lad's youthful enthusiasm is infectious. Bearing a thundering, galloping bassline and an irresistibly catchy sequence of verbals, this is the pick-me-up musical equivalent of necking a caffeine bustin' litre of cola, followed by a capuccino and rounded off with a king-size Mars Bar. Have a listen, peel yourself off the wall, and have another one!

5 stars Watch the full length video!
The Concretes THE CONCRETES - 'YOU CAN'T HURRY LOVE'
This achingly hip Swedish combo have all the right ingredients, a 60's hurdy-gurdy pop sensibility, delicate, fragile sounding vocals from Victoria Bergsman and the fuzzy psychedelic guitars of 60's experimentalists the Velvet Underground. The results are a kind of delicate, woozy pop that always excites the poncier critics, causing them to write things like: "Their sound is like a pixie in a labyrinth of ice." (Don't laugh, that was in the NME!) Pretentiousness aside, it's hard not to be charmed by this blast of euphoric retro. If retro is your thing of course.

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The Bees THE BEES - 'HORSEMEN'
Shaggy-haired slackers and general weirdy-beardies the Bees hail from the Isle Of Wight. Not a place known for its bustling, hectic lifestyle. And this lot perfectly reflect the Isle's chilled vibe, specialising in the kind of psychedelic-tinged, barrelhouse piano-rolling, guitar-tinged ribaldry last heard coming from the Beta Band. It's highly infectious and occassionally, as on this single, they achieve one of those euphoric, Oasis-like choruses that you find impossible not to hum along to. Catch the buzz. ["Groan" - Everyone]

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Razorlight RAZORLIGHT - 'GOLDEN TOUCH'
New trans-European rock combo Razorlight (part Swedish, part cockney) have a lot to live up to. Not only are they NME cover stars but they're actor Daniel 'Harry Potter' Radcliffe's favourite band of the moment. Blessed with the kind of spiky electric guitars and blokey pop of '60s acts like the Kinks, the 'Light, despite their band makeup, sound quintessentially English. Singer Johnny Borrell affects a kind of cockernee geezerishness on this strutting, shouty pop anthem but never comes across as "posh bloke pretending to be cockney" in that Damon Albarn way. If we were really pretentious, we'd call this visceral and heartfelt. But we're not, so we'll just say it's really rather good.

3 stars Watch the full length video!
Stinker of the week
Jessica Simpson JESSICA SIMPSON - 'WITH YOU'
If watching 'The Newlyweds' hasn't made you flee to the anti-Jessica Simper-son camp then 'With You' will send you on your speedy way. Yes, she has a nice voice, like she has nice shiny hair, nice jeans and nice teeth but this song doesn't have enough bite to make an impression in a soggy Rich Tea bikky. It's all about her feeling so comfortable with her man that she can even just wear a T-shirt and feel beautiful. Wowza. And as for all the coy, soap-sud flinging that goes on in the video as messy Jessie copes with the housework - c'mon love, pack in the pout and get your hands dirty!

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Also out this week
    BELLE & SEBASTIAN 'WRAPPED UP IN BOOKS' Official site
    THE DIVINE COMEDY 'ABSENT FRIENDS' Official site
    RIKROK FEATURING SHAGGY 'YOUR EYES' Official site
    SARAH MCLACHLAN 'WORLD ON FIRE' Official site
    SHONAGH DALY 'ALL I WANT' Official site
Check out this week's albums

21st June
ALARM - 'NEW HOME, NEW LIFE'
ANGEL CITY FT. LARA MCALLEN - 'TOUCH ME'
BELLEFIRE - 'YOU WERE MEANT FOR ME'
BLACK EYED PEAS - 'LET'S GET IT STARTED'
BRANDY FT. KANYE WEST - 'TALK ABOUT OUR LOVE'
FALL - 'THEME FROM SPARTA FC'
FYA - 'TOO HOT TO HANDLE'
JENTINA - 'BAD ASS STRIPPA'
BEVERLEY KNIGHT - 'COME AS YOU ARE'
LEMONESCENT - 'ALL RIGHT NOW' / 'BOHEMIAN RAIN'
MCFLY - 'OBVIOUSLY'
OUTKAST - 'ROSES'
PHIXX - 'WILD BOYS'
REZONANCE Q - 'SWEETHEART'

28th June
AIR - 'ALPHA BETA GAGA'
ANASTACIA - 'SICK AND TIRED'
JASON DOWNS - 'SHUT UP (LET'S HOOK UP)'
FIFTH AVENUE - 'SPANISH EYES'
NELLY FURTADO - 'FORÇA'
LOOSE CANNONS - 'I LIKE IT WHEN YA'
MANIA - 'LOOKING FOR A PLACE TO GO'
GEORGE MICHAEL - 'FLAWLESS (GO TO THE CITY)'
KYLIE MINOGUE - 'CHOCOLATE'
MORRISSEY - 'FIRST OF THE GANG TO DIE'
S CLUB 8 - 'INVOLVED'
SAVANA - 'PRETTY LADY'
USHER - 'BURN'

5th July
4 STRINGS - 'TURN IT ROUND'
5678S - 'WOO HOO'
BLACK EYED PEAS - 'LET'S GET IT STARTED'
BLAZIN' SQUAD - 'REVOLUTION'
BUSTED - '3AM'
DUB PISTOLS FEATURING HORACE ANDY - 'WORLD GONE CRAZY'
ELVIS PRESLEY - 'THAT'S ALRIGHT'
FLIP & FILL FEATURING KAREN PARRY - 'DISCOLAND'
THE HIVES - 'WALK IDIOT WALK'
KIMBERLEY LOCKE - 'EIGHTH WORLD WONDER'
MICHELLE LAWSON - 'BEAUTIFUL THING'
MODEST MOUSE - 'FLOAT ON'
NICK STITZ - 'RUN TO PARADISE'
THE POLYPHONIC SPREE - 'HOLD ME NOW'
SEETHER FEATURING AMY LEE - 'BROKEN'
SHAZNAY LEWIS - 'NEVER FELT LIKE THIS BEFORE'
SHYSTIE - 'ONE WISH'
WILL YOUNG - 'FRIDAY'S CHILD'


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