I haven't done this in awhile, here's a quick round-up of what's been on repeat on my iPod lately. There's quite a few of them:
Terrible Love - The National. Brooklyn rockers The National's fifth album High Violet has really grown on me, it's now one of my favorite albums this year. It's a chilling set, unravelling a haunting web of vertiginous rock sounds. Current single "Terrible Love" lumbers with layers of muffled guitar effects and haunting soundscapes, exhibiting a dizzying climatic clash of intense rock towards the end.
Kidz - Take That. Military-esque stomping, heavy bass lines, synths and piano keys, the forthcoming new Take That single is a nice switch up from the sweeping British pop of "The Flood." I don't think they have explored this Muse-inspired progressive electronic rock sound before.
Rolling in the Deep - Adele. Lets hope English singer Adele has more of a comeback with this cool toe-tapping drum-heavy number with gutaric undertones than former-rival Duffy.
Fuckin' Perfect - P!nk. This is quite anthem for the girls, isn't it? Like most of P!nk's recent hits, it's produced by pop mastermind Max Martin, also quite the soaring ballad with a message in the same vein as previous single "Raise Your Glass."
Moment 4 Life - Nicki Minaj feat. Drake. I've been listening to American rapper Nicki Minaj's debut album Pink Friday a lot, there's a lot on there could land her a handful of hits, but following the pop-influenced sounds of "Your Love" and "Right Thru Me" is the more optimistic R&B flourishing "Moment 4 Life," with label-mate Drake.
It's Ok - Cee Lo Green. Trailing that awesome old fashioned sound (I say old fashioned because I'm not sure what decade, '50s? '60s?) in the same vein as "Fuck You!" He's found a formula and made it work. Go Cee Lo!
Hurts - Sunday. Pulsing bass lines, synths and dramatic soundscapes and strings. The new Hurts single is great although I wouldn't put it over "Stay" or "Wonderful Life." Also, as great as it is, I think "Blood, Tears & Gold" could be a good single too.
Invincible - Tinie Tempah feat. Kelly Rowland. Your standard piano-assisted R&B/pop ditty, but still obviously very appealing. Another hit for Tinie? Probably.
Lights On - Katy B feat. Ms. Dynamite. Cool afro-centric dance beats, awesome party-friendly track. Just as good as the dub-step exploring "On a Mission." Nice to see Ms. Dynamite back again.
Keeping My Baby - Duffy. Quite downbeat and dramatic with the old fashioned Bond-styled chorus. Hopefully lands the Welsh singer a hit, following the underperformance of "Well Well Well."
Hold My Hand - Michael Jackson feat. Akon. I like this a lot better than "Breaking News," I love the whole modern R&B feel about it--Akon is a bit annoying though.
The Flood - Cheryl Cole. I'd call this the best of a bad situation, it's one of the few songs off Ms. Cole's album that I actually like. It's a pretty decent enough ballad.
Raining Men - Rihanna feat. Nicki Minaj. Skittering drum beats, attitude-driven lyrics in the same vein of Beyonce's "Diva" and "Video Phone."
When We Colide - Matt Cardle. Loving the X Factor winner's single, now christmas #1. I don't think I've really liked an X Factor winner's single so much, maybe since Alexandra Burke's "Hallelujah."
Christmas is in the Air Again - Mariah Carey. This is an album cut from Mariah's new Christmas album. It's stunning take on a classic '50s sound, glazing strings with a fairy-tale like backdrop, effectively worked by Carey's breathy vocals which actually work pretty well here.
The Time (The Dirty Bit) - The Black Eyed Peas. This is such a great... no, I'm kidding.