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This week has seen England get themselves a new football manager and about six people in London have voted to keep Boris Johnson in charge of them. Take a listen to what we've been listening to whilst all of that nonsense has been going on in the background.
Icona Pop - 'I Love It'
Sweden's latest gift to the world of pop hit us with one of the best pop singles of the year so far. Mixing 2012 electro club beats with the attitude of nineties British pop brats Shampoo, 'I Love It' has an attitude that many male bands lack in modern mainstream music.
Lykke Li - 'Come Near'
Lykke Li surprised us this week with the release of new song 'Come Near'. The track is taken from a compilation of songs from Lykke's label Ingrid. Check out the chamber-pop glory below.
Bobby Womack - 'The World's Bravest Man'
Co-produced by Damon Albarn and Richard Russell, Womack's new album was recorded at Albarn's Studio 13 in West London and New York's Manhattan Center between October and December 2011. It's Bobby Womack's first album of original material since 1994's 'Resurrection' and you can hear the first track to be taken from the album below.
Twin Shadow - 'Five Seconds'
Twin Shadow slicks back his hair and preps his return to the game with 'Five Seconds', a song that makes us want to learn how to ride a motorbike, save up and buy one, get the correct insurance, invest in a crash helment and the hit Route 66 and open 'er up down the freeway.
Foxes - 'White Coats'
White Coats is dangerously similar to Ellie Goulding and Marina and The Diamonds in certain ways (all three have a label in common: Neon Gold) and has also been granted some handy having been chosen to close out a recent episode of 'Gossip Girl'.
Kwesachu Vol. 2
Kwesachu is the collected work of producer Kwes and Micachu, of Micachu and The Shapes. They have recruited the likes of Ghostpoet, Dels and Speech Debelle for the follow up to their first mixtape (released in 2008) with brilliant results.
Glass Animals - 'Cocoa Hooves'
Recently signed to Kaya Kaya, a new imprint of the legendary XL Recordings, Glass Animals have been compared to everyone from The xx to Wild Beasts. We like to think they sound like nobody but themselves (but yeah, OK they probably have heard both those bands once or twice).
Chief Keef - 'I Don't Like (Kanye West remix)'
Kanye West shows his ability for spotting a talented newcomer early on, jumping on a remix of 17 year old Chicago rapper Chief Keef's 'I Don't Like' along with his GOOD Music label mates Big Sean, Pusha T and Jadakiss.
Sunless 97 - 'Body Weather'
This song features a saxophone yet manages to be brilliant and in no way rubbish. We think Sunless 97 might be some kind of musical wizards.
Caan - 'Into The Night'
Layering melodic and expressive synths on top of speeding drumbeats former Ou Est Le Swimming Pool man Caan produces dark hypnotic music, accompanied by heartfelt lyrics - topped with an undeniably excellent voice. What more do you want?