Astronaut - Salem Al Fakir: more about this over at Planet Salem. Be warned: in just a few weeks it's going to be all Salem, all the time on this playlist. (So what' s new I hear you ask?). This is the next single and title track from his new album and it's so sweet and lovely and sums up everything that's wonderful about him. Which is a lot.
Standing On The Shore/We Are The People - Empire of the Sun: not long now till the album is out, and I've already decided that it's my second-favourite album of the year even though I haven't heard it all yet.
Change - Daniel Merriweather: at long last!! It's been a while since "Stop Me" but his solo debut album is on the way and this is the first single from it, which has entered the UK top 10 singles chart today - yipppeeee! A nice upbeat soulful sound with the man himself in good voice.
Fearless - Bryn Christopher: once again I'm sad to say, criminally neglected and overlooked. What does this man have to do to get the success he deserves?
Singing That Melody - Swingfly: Poster Girl was talking about him on her blog the other day and then I was watching one of the music video channels on Friday and this came on! Very catchy track indeed, already a massive hit in Sweden some time ago and now (hopefully) heading for the British charts!!
Can't Get Over - September: and talking of Swedish acts and the British charts, here's another future hit. I hasten to add that I'm listening to the original which was a big hit in Sweden a year ago. It has now been pointlessly remixed for British dancefloor tastes...
Speakerbox - Signmark feat. Osmo Ikonen: Thanks to the wonderful Keira for introducing me to this utterly wonderful funky rap song which is one of the least Eurovision-y songs you'll hear all year, yet it made it all the way to the Finnish national final where it was beaten by...
Lose Control - Waldo's People: those nostalgic for early 90s Eurodance should love this. A very strong track indeed with a killer chorus and an irresistible beat. Great!