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Playlist: 10 tracks you need to hear

By and Lewis Corner
Listen to our ten favourite forthcoming releases this week, including Calvin Harris, Santigold, Plan B and Norah Jones.

Calvin Harris ft. Ne-Yo: 'Let's Go' (release date TBC)
After gaining international success with R&B's baddest gal Rihanna on 'We Found Love', Calvin Harris has teamed up with the star's longtime collaborator Ne-Yo for his own single. The third cut to be lifted from the DJ's upcoming album, it's a throw-your-hands-up mix of big breakdowns and thudding beats, which leads us to ask: can we have that third LP soon please, Calv? LC



Plan B: 'ill Manors' (out March 25)
Having toured the UK (and other corners of the planet) several times over with his soul-tinged Strickland Banks album, Plan B aka Ben Drew has gone back to his hip-hop roots for his next LP. Tying in with the film of the same name (though not a soundtrack), 'ill Manors' is a hectic rap number about the state of the UK, held in a vice-like grip by a head-spinning string section. Listen to the track below: RC



Santigold: 'Disparate Youth' (released: out now)
We recently learned that LMFAO make Sanitgold cry and that she believes pop music is in a bad way. Hoping to be the genre's antidote, the singer has released 'Disparate Youth', which is a Caribbean-tinged combo of head-swaying piano and jolts of spit-fire guitar. It's definitely a good start. LC



Graham Coxon: 'What'll It Take' (out now)
Just before Blur possibly unveil new material, Graham Coxon will put out his upcoming album A+E on April 2. The set's lead cut 'What'll It Take' is a perky mix of Britpop melodies underscored by rumbling guitars and quirky electronics. What's more, the video features a collection of moves sent in by 85 fans from 22 countries, which forms a multimedia savvy force that is sure to be terrorising the extras in a future Doctor Who episode. LC



Norah Jones: 'Happy Pills'
After briefly collaborating on last year's Rome, we'll admit that the prospect of a full record from Danger Mouse and Norah Jones was more than a little exciting. The lead single from her forthcoming album Little Broken Hearts - out April 30 - has all the calling cards of a classic Norah track, albeit with a subtle but unmistakable shift in sound. RC



Bastille: 'Overjoyed' (released: April 30)
Dan Smith-fronted band Bastille have quickly gained themselves a cult following. After releasing a mixtape and playing a handful of shows across the UK, they will release their debut single 'Overjoyed' on Virgin Records in April. The song is a subtle composition of glitchy guitars and beats that serve as backdrop for Smith's raspy vocal. Expect the debut album later this year. LC



Sub Focus: 'Out The Blue' (out April 30)
Nick Douwma aka Sub Focus returns next month with 'Out The Blue'; a squiggly electronic number with a guest spot from indie siren Alice Gold. It may only be March, but we have a sneaking suspicion this will dominate dance floors across Europe in the summer months. RC



Smiler ft. Lana Del Rey: 'Spender' (released: available now as free download)
Luck is firmly on the side of south London rapper Smiler after he snapped up vocals from Lana Del Rey just before she became a big name. 'Spender' hears the chanteuse sample Dame Shirley Bassey's 'Big Spender', while Smiler spits rhymes over hip-hop beats and siren-like synths. The result is another well-judged take on the '60s classic. LC



iAm1: 'Watching' (out March 19)
Say hello to Oli Rose and Jamie Wallace aka iAM1, who have been steadily making a name for themselves by working with Tinie Tempah and Dizzee Rascal's producers, as well as getting one of their tracks featured on a major PC game. Their latest number 'Watching' is an effortless blend of grime and folk that wouldn't sound out of place on an Ed Sheeran record. RC



MONSTA: 'Holdin' On' (release date TBC)
There's not much room left in the crowded dubstep-pop market, but newcomers MONSTA - made of production duo Pegasus and soul singer Bryn Christopher - still manage to stand out with their glitchy electronic rhythms and punchy, head-spinning production. Their new single 'Holdin' On' is, much like their other work, a mix of influences from music legends and today's chart friendly superstars. RC



Which are your favourite tracks on this week's playlist? What new releases are you looking forward to? Leave your comments in the box below:

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