will.i.am and Britney Spears – Scream & Shout
So we’ve all clocked the will.i.am/BEP formula – get a catchy hook, repeat it ad nauseam till it’s lodged in your brain like a tomahawk, then every so often add the proverbial donk on it. This time that almighty donk comes in the form of Britney Spears, whose lobotomised new persona is a perfect fit for the auto-tune autocrat. We’re not going to lie, it’s dynamite – foul-mouthed Britney with an English accent, a middle-8 influenced by 3 Words… and of course, the immortal words that should land on Spears’ epitaph if there’s any justice in the world: “It’s Britney, bitch”.
Dungeonesse – Drive You Crazy
How do you go from folk-pop Wye Oak to dancefloor Dungeonesse? Who gives a flying toss, but it works for their common denominator Jenn Wasner. Drive You Crazy is a hearty slab of electropop goodness: textbook, but barnstorming. We approve.
Wild Swim – Echo
If you like your Foals mixed with a Wild Beasts vocal, then Wild Swim is your bag. Echo comes along as a perfectly-formed indie cut, eccentric in just the right way to grab our attention. We’ll doff our cap to anyone who risks a complete track and tempo change in the final minute.