Nicola Roberts - Beat Of My Drum
The gorgeous Girls Aloud red-head goes solo with this stunning Major Lazer-sampling track. Feisty rapped verses and a chorus we guarantee you'll fall in L.O.V.E. with. The track is already surging up the iTunes chart and with Nicola launching the single with a DJ set in Hoxton over the weekend, it looks set to do big things this week. The video also features an absolutely inspired dance routine.
Wonderland - Wonderland
I'm a massive fan of this new girl group, who deliver a country/rock flavoured brand of pop on this, their self titled debut album. Not your traditional girl band fare, but Wonderland make the sound their own - especially on highlights like Starlight and their covers of Lady Antebellum and Adele.
New Order/Joy Division - Total
To date, there have been many New Order compilations, but never one that included both Joy Division and New Order tracks together on one CD. With a band who's career spans as many years as theirs, there's the tendency that certain key tracks (or your personal favourites) may be missed off, but as a single-disc compilation of the two band's greatest moments, this presents the perfect introduction for a new listener to one of the greatest musical back catalogues of all time. It also includes the incredibly good 'new' New Order track Hellbent.
Depeche Mode - Remixes 2: 81-11
It's a bit of the old and a bit of the new with this remix compilation from synth master Depeche Mode. Contemporary takes on classic tracks like the amazing Stargate mix of Personal Jesus easily make this album worth the cash - and the three-disc deluxe edition contains enough electronic wizardry to keep you happy until Christmas. It also comes in a posh cardboard box/slipcase type thing and with a booklet printed on some of the glossiest paper I've ever seen in my life.