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Playlist: 10 tracks you need to hear

By and Lewis Corner
Listen to our ten favourite new tracks this week, including Katy Perry, Hot Chip, Marina & the Diamonds and Niki & The Dove.

Katy Perry: 'Wide Awake' (out March 26)
"I am born again, out of the lion's den," Katy Perry announces on the latest leak from the deluxe edition of her Teenage Dream album. It sounds like she's swiftly moved on from the messiness with her former hubby heard in current track 'Part of Me', and with its spacey synths and instantly addictive hook, we'll admit it's a side of her we prefer. RC

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Hot Chip: 'Flutes' (release date TBC)
The budget for the accompanying music video may have only extended to a handy-cam and a swivel chair, but that doesn't detract from the club serenade that is Hot Chip's new single. 'Flutes' is a contained mix of slick synths and smooth beats; just don't watch the video for too long - you may barf. LC



Niki & The Dove: 'Tomorrow' (released May 13)
Swedish duo Niki & The Dove consists of Malin Dahlström and Gustaf Karlöf - not a girl named Niki and a celestial white bird as their band name would have you believe. However, their new cut is an ethereal synth-driven ode to tomorrow's love that will be released in support of their upcoming album Instinct. LC



Diplo ft. Nicky Da B: 'Express Yourself' (release date TBC)
Never let it be said that Diplo is workshy. After collaborating with the likes of Beyoncé, Nicola Roberts, Usher and Marina and the Diamonds, the producer has managed to squeeze in a bit of 'me' time in the studio and readied his new EP 'Express Yourself', which is due out in May. Unsurprisingly, it's a head-spinning mix of rumbling basslines and frantic hip-hop beats. Watch the official music video below: RC



J Cole ft. Missy Elliott: 'Nobody's Perfect' (out now)
After impressing the world with his long-awaited debut album The Sideline Story last year, J Cole has stepped up his quest for global domination by collaborating with hip-hop veteran Missy Elliott, who kicks off her return to the music scene this year by offering her soothing tones to this slick and bouncy R&B affair. RC



Marina & the Diamonds: 'Primadonna' (out April 16)
After teasing fans with her Indian summer song 'Radioactive', Marina Diamandis is back and armed with her new album Electra Heart. Trailing the LP is the Dr Luke-helmed 'Primadonna', which mixes Luke's sugary pop production with Marina's wonderfully endearing quirks. RC



Keane: 'Silenced By The Night' (out now in the US)
Fans will be pleased to hear that Keane have toned down the synthesisers and will return to their piano-pop roots with new US single 'Silenced By The Night'. That's not to say the synths have completely gone; electronic buzzes provide a stealthy undercurrent to Tom Chaplin's soaring angelic tones and sky-blistering ivory-tinkling hooks. LC



Saint Etienne: 'Tonight' 2 Bears Remix (out now)
Dance duo of the moment The 2 Bears have offered their knob-twiddling skills to Saint Etienne's latest single 'Tonight'. The result is much as you'd expect; ethereal, trippy and glorious. RC



Breathe Carolina: 'Blackout'
What happens when electronica and indie-rock have a one-night stand? An unexpected pregnancy results in electro-emos Breathe Carolina. They have yet to have a hit on UK shores, but 'Blackout' has already sold over 500,000 copies in the US. The cut is a rebellious combo of '80s power synths and rock-ready beats that lies somewhere between Ke$ha and You Me At Six. LC



Skepta: 'Make Peace Not War' (released April 29)
As the popularity of '90s house music reaches its peak, London-born rapper Skepta bags himself a sample of one of the genre's finest classics for his new single. The grime artist throws down some rhymes about peace and love between a techno-thumping sample of C+C Music Factory's 'Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)'. This is bound to be a favourite at steel mills outside Springfield. LC



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