To the Maximo

• ONE to get fans of quality angular indie all a-flutter is Quicken The Heart, the third album from Maximo Park.
The album, which features the single The Kids Are Sick Again, is a perfect mixture of galvanising rock and roll, dreamy synths and pop hooks.
• Tongues are already wagging about the forthcoming single and album from Speech Debelle.
The female UK hip hop artist’s single Go Then, Bye hits shelves on May 25, with her album Speech Therapy out on June 1.
• Ultimate Pop Party landed on the charts with a bang this week.
The 21-track compilation album features massive hits from the likes of Lady Gaga, Girls Aloud, Mika, Jonas Brothers, Rihanna, Duffy and Bob The Builder, and is out now.
• Aiming at the charts with a new album are London’s Dub Pistols.
The album, Rum And Coke, showcases the groups cocktail of dub reggae, rap, ska and dance.
• Hard twang roots punks Crazy Arm release their debut album on Monday.
The group’s first LP Born To Ruin features the single Broken By The Wheel, which is out now.
• Latin pianist Alex Wilson and Bhangra percussionist Kuljit Bhamra have joined forces on a unique new album, Bhangra Latina, which is in stores now.
Kuljit said: “Bhangra Latina has the potential to attract audiences from many worlds.”
• Food for thought – Fink’s beautuiful new album is now out.
Sort Of Revolution is the latest album by the DJ-turned-singer songwriter, who has been compared to Jose Gonzalez and D’Angelo.
• Atari Teenage Riot founder Alec Empire released his latest EP this week.
Shivers is a hardcore slice of Nine Inch Nails-syle electro punk which is designed to whet appetites for a full-length album from the German later this year.
• You’ll be pleased to hear American DJ Yppah, whose name spells ‘happy’ backwards, has released a new album.
The psychedelic They Know What Ghost Know is in stores now.
• Wolverhampton singer songwriter Scott Matthews has put out a second album.
The rocker’s new album, Elsewhere, features a guest spot from fellow Midlander Robert Plant.
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Go with the Flo

• FOLLOWERS of hip hop are sure be left in a right state when rapper Flo Rida finally releases his new track on March 23.
The track, featuring Ke$ha, is a take on Dead Or Alive’s 1984 hit You Spin Me Round (Like A Record).
• Hello? Is it Lionel Ritchie’s new single you’re looking for?
Then look no further – Just Go, the title track from the legend’s latest LP, is sure to have fans dancing on the ceiling.
• Academy Award-winning actress-cum-soul singing sensation Jennifer Hudson releases a new single soon.
Romantic RnB track If This Isn’t Love, taken from her eponymous album, is out on March 23.
• Dubstep DJ Shuttle’s career has blasted off with a new EP.
The Tunnel, his first release with top label Ninja Tune, is a brooding, bass-heavy slice of beat-driven brilliance.
• Singer Marianne Faithfull has welcomed some of her Faithfull companions to help out on her latest covers LP.
The double album Easy Come Easy Go features Nick Cave, Jarvis Cocker, Keith Richards, Rufus Wainwright, Sean Lennon and many more.
• One sure to get tongues wagging very soon is Speech Debelle.
The singer’s new single, The Key, which is out now, showcases a swaggering jazzy hip hop vocalist that’s definitely one to watch.
• Trance pioneers Cosmic Gate are set to release an out-of-this-world new album.
Mixing influences from other genres ranging from soul to rock with the group’s typical progressive trance, Sign Of The Times is released on March 23.
• Rising pop star Emma Deigman releases a new single on March 23.
The brassy Joss Stone-esque It Was You is a taster of the forthcoming debut album from Emma, who can already boast Take That’s Gary Barlow and rocker Rod Stewart among her growing legion of fans.
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