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28 Costumes - Hurricane

28 Costumes
Hurricane

Spank

We didn't like this at first because it's unbelievably brash, but brash can be good, especially when backed up by...

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30 Jun 2004
Switchfoot - Meant To Live

Switchfoot
Meant To Live

Columbia

A really exceptional rock track that we featured ages ago, shortly after Columbia had started working it to radio in...

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29 Jun 2004
Craig Johnston - Made of Stone

Craig Johnston
Made of Stone

unsigning

Hearing this reminded us of the first time we heard Coldplay - stylistically, there's been a fair amount of similar...

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28 Jun 2004
Pocket Angel - A Good Day

Pocket Angel
A Good Day

unsigned

This has been sitting on our desks and occasionally in our CD players for some time, and the melody has...

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25 Jun 2004
Modest Mouse - Float On

Modest Mouse
Float On

Epic

Modest Mouse, who formed in 1993, have broken America! Not 'broken' in a Flaming Lips/Bright Eyes/ Interpol-type way, off the mainstream...

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24 Jun 2004
Lucky Jim - You're Lovely To Me

Lucky Jim
You're Lovely To Me

Skint

When we received this album three months ago, we spent a disproportiate amount of time listening to it simply because...

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23 Jun 2004
The Crash - Star

The Crash
Star

Warner (Finland)

Finland's The Crash don't sound like HIM or The Rasmus but they do share some of the same qualities. They...

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22 Jun 2004
DJ Hannu - The One

DJ Hannu
The One

unsigned/J Boy

The first thing that will catch your ear about this is the riff from Sweet Child Of Mine by Guns...

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21 Jun 2004
Aloud - Sex and Sun

Aloud
Sex and Sun

Open

This is the track to break Aloud - a suave crossover smash that sees them shift from lesser-known French house...

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18 Jun 2004
Estelle - 1980

Estelle
1980

J-Did/V2

On the strength of this single and the follow-up, the massive Free, Estelle is about to eclipse her many female...

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16 Jun 2004
Shapeshifters - Lola<92>s Theme

Shapeshifters
Lola<92>s Theme

Positiva

Like the first flush of love, we're yearning to spend more time with this truly uplifting tune. Our devotion has...

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15 Jun 2004
Jam & Spoon feat. Jim Kerr - Cynical Heart

Jam & Spoon feat. Jim Kerr
Cynical Heart

Polydor Island (Germany)

We really like Jam & Spoon. They've done everything from Europop to happy hardcore to gospel-inspired house, with consistently excellent...

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14 Jun 2004
Tess - The Second You Sleep (I Stay To Watch You Fade Away)

Tess
The Second You Sleep (I Stay To Watch You Fade Away)

Bonnier (Sweden)

A truly classy trance pop smash, produced by Scandinavian newcomers who sound like they've been doing it for years. It's...

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11 Jun 2004
Verbalicious - Don't Play Nice

Verbalicious
Don't Play Nice

Adventure

17 year-old Verbalicious's MCing won a Radio 1 rap competition last year and stopped one of hip hop's top celebrities...

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10 Jun 2004
Bad Newz - I Ball

Bad Newz
I Ball

unsigned

A feel good, summery hip hop hit, unsigned and available for the world. Bad Newz are two brothers from Miami...

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09 Jun 2004
Peplab - Wondergirl

Peplab
Wondergirl

unsigned

Peplab contains various member of cheesey mid- nineties Dutch group Doop, techno artist Capricorn and the hard house artist Blackburst. There's...

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08 Jun 2004
Naila Boss - La La La

Naila Boss
La La La

La Boss

We featured this in our magazine a few weeks ago and it's since been no 1 on Channel U's Fresh...

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07 Jun 2004
Dogs - Chalk

Dogs
Chalk

unsigned

What a song! Dogs has all the magic of a Nine Inch Nails ballad, but with a very English twist....

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04 Jun 2004
Danielle feat. Skillz & Blemish - Am I A Woman (Or A Number To Call)

Danielle feat. Skillz & Blemish
Am I A Woman (Or A Number To Call)

unsigned/Rype

Big Brovaz are hot right now as producers - they did great work on the Alex Cartañá single and this...

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03 Jun 2004
Jentina - Bad Ass Strippa

Jentina
Bad Ass Strippa

Virgin

This David Dorrell-managed act is a major signing and priority for Virgin. Take a listen to this first taster of...

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02 Jun 2004
R Kelly - Happy People

R Kelly
Happy People

Jive

This is Marvin Gaye circa What's Going On but more upbeat, with an interlude that's as good as the hook...

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01 Jun 2004