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Playlist: 10 tracks you need to hear

By and Lewis Corner
Listen to our ten favourite new releases this week, including Alanis Morissette, The Saturdays, Azealia Banks and Sam Sparro.

Alanis Morissette: 'Guardian' (out May 15)
Despite only recently becoming a mum for the first time, Alanis Morissette has insisted that motherhood has had little impact on her forthcoming album Havoc and Bright Lights. It's difficult not to argue with her given the sentiment on lead single 'Guardian', but with its breezy, rock-out chorus and classic Alanis lyrics, we're not going to argue with her. RC



The Saturdays: 'Turn Myself In' (out now)
As with all singles from The Saturdays, fans are eager to see what they will come up with for the B-side, as they're often not half-bad. Once again the girls deliver with a studio version of 'Turn Myself In', which is a track they performed during their 'Headlines!' tour last year. Moody electronics underlie a wistful chorus that makes for a very nice song indeed. LC



Azealia Banks: 'Jumanji' (free download now)
The Harlem princess has easily released enough material that would make for a very good album already. Continuing her penchant for an online mixtape, 'Jumanji' heads up this summer's Fantastic release. Clap beats, harps and steel drums makes this a must listen. LC



Sam Sparro: 'I Wish I Never Met You' (out June 11)
Our interest in Sam Sparro may have waned quickly after 'Black & Gold' and '21st Century Life' back in 2008, but after unveiling his new '80s lounge-pop sound and stunning visuals on 'Happiness' earlier this year, we're officially excited about his sophomore LP Return To Happiness. The latest track from it is a wistful midtempo with unnervingly honest lyrics. RC



David Morales ft. Roisin Murphy: 'Golden Era' (release date tbc)
It's been too long since we've heard anything from Roisin Murphy, and even longer since it was in a dancefloor setting. After two years in the wilderness she has re-appeared on a track with house DJ David Morales; and with its retro piano riff reminiscent of her time in Moloko, it's everything we could have hoped for. RC



R Kelly: 'Share My Love' (out now)
One of our favourite music stories in recent months is that R Kelly is to host his own Caribbean cruise later this year. His latest track seems almost tailor-made for the occasion; and its funky, soul-soaked groove is giving us strong Barry White vibes. RC



Mayer Hawthorne ft. Rizzle Kicks: 'The Walk' (UK: May 21)
Although Mayer originally premiered 'The Walk' back in October, he has now given the track a little face-lift with the help of Rizzle Kicks. The track still contains Hawthorne's mix of slow guitar jams and soulful tones, which has gained him fans such as Justin Timberlake, Bruno Mars and Snoop Dogg. LC



Owl City: 'Shooting Star' (out now)
Of all the artists Going Dance of late, Adam Young aka Owl City wasn't one we'd have put money on. That said, the Guetta-esque rave-up 'Shooting Star' - which sounds like a mash-up of the French DJ's recent hits - feels less forced than we expected. The result leaves us more intrigued than we thought for his new album, which is due out this summer. RC



Icona Pop: 'I Love It'
Every now and then a song surfaces that is primed for a wild crowd at a nightclub or festival, and Icona Pop's 'I Love It' is one of those songs. After a few bevvies, its mix of rumbling bass and strident beats will easily get you on your feet. By the time the chanting chorus comes in, you'll probably forget you're actually in public. LC



Frankmusik: 'One Mile'
After 2011 album Do It In The AM, which was bursting with heavy beats and distorted vocals, it's refreshing to see Vincent Frank showcase his impressive vocal over a minimal acoustic track. Evocative of early '90s George Michael, 'One Mile' proves that despite the woes surrounding his last album, Frankmusik certainly isn't out of the game yet. LC



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