Metro Station - "Shake It" (4.5/5) This song has been out since mid-last year, but its only started receiving airplay in the UK now. I check out their album last year and it nothing less than decent, but I kinda forgot about it for awhile. "Shake It" is a fun alternative number, held up by string, drum and snyth.
Akon Featuring Colby O'Donis & Kadinal Official - "Beautiful" (4/5) Akon really does well on these eerie numbers. His single "Right Now" is very similar to this --backed with beeps and kinetic clicks and handclaps "Beautiful" holds up Akon's consistency through his singles very well.
Lily Allen - "Not Fair" (4/5) This was one of the highlights when I first listened through Lily Allen's latest album, It's Not Me, It's You, although my love for the song has died down a bit, I still admire her departure from retro, contemporary cuts, venturing in a more country vibe.
Girls Aloud - "Untouchable" (4/5) Brilliant piece of british pop. Girls Aloud have really remained through their single choices from their latest album Out of Control -- "Untouchable" is a very spacey number accompanied by a very retro feel. The new remix that's been issued for the songs commercial release isn't as good as the album version, which is tad disappointing.
September - "Can't Get Over" (4/5) September conquered the UK Dance scene with their fiery dance hit "Cry For You" which I happily bought the EP to. They return with "Can't Get Over" which is just as good as "Cry" --a nice catchy chorus and solid verses backed with snyth and other noises.
Shontelle Featuring Akon (4/5) Shontelle returns with "Stuck With Eachother" which is taken from the re-issue of her debut album Shontelligence. It's a typical urban contemporary, guitar backed number --similar to most of the stuff on Rihanna's Good Girl Gone Bad. The song may be good, but the sooner Shontelle finds her unique touch the better.
Just Jack - "Embers" (3.5/5) Just Jack hit the big time when he scored his first UK top 5 with 2006s "Starz In Their Eyes" --a breezy, catchy, easy listening number-- This year he returns with "Embers", not as good as "Starz" but it's decent alternative number, It consists of recurring handclaps, violins, drums and layered vocals. "Embers" is taken from his upcoming sophomore album All Night Cinema.