Singles out this week

Professor Green Feat Ed Drewett | Jay-Z | I Blame Coco | Lostprophets | Kate Nash

PICK OF THE WEEK

Professor Green feat Ed Drewett
I Need You Tonight (Virgin)

Alright, a song that is essentially a tinny rap over the top of the riff from INXS's Need You Tonight shouldn't be the pick of the week. Not this week, not any week. But we only get to print a picture if something is made pick of the week and I've just spent half an hour marvelling at the fact that the Professor here (an alumnus of Mike Skinner's The Beats label) looks uncannily like a scientific hybrid between bedwetting indie movie botherer Michael Cera and golf-club-wielding referee botherer Craig Bellamy. Eee! Look at him! This song is alright too, if you insist.

ALSO OUT THIS WEEK

Jay-Z
On To The Next One (Roc Nation)

Once, 80% of the appeal of a Madonna or Jay-Z was their otherworldly American superstarness. The idea of seeing Madge schlepping around Camden Whole Foods suddenly made the idea of seeing her light up Wembley far less interesting. And so it is with the rapper known to your mother as Jay Zed. Since being invented at Glastonbury 2008, rap's biggest star has become positively Gervaisian with his appearances on Jonathan Ross and live dates around the UK. Minus points. But plus points here for rhyming Jonas (as in Brothers) with cojones and for calling out rap-denouncing champagne maker Cristal for being a bit racist, in a single that some people are already calling "not as good as Empire State Of Mind".

I Blame Coco
Self Machine (Island)

The sword hanging over every review of a record by a celebrity offspring is the inevitable mention of said progeny's famous parent(s). But this being the meritocratic Guide, we'll give Coco Sumner a fair hearing. In fact, Self Machine isn't bad at all – like Ellie Goulding but interesting. Coco's low-register voice powers over a tippy-tappy synth beat before bursting into poplife with a chorus with a Sting in its tale. Of course electropop ladies are the current popular Style(r), but Sumner pulls it off so well your workaday reviewer doesn't even need to mention her famous folks.

Lostprophets
For He's A Jolly Good Felon (Visible Noise)

Wonderfully, Wikipedia's For He's A Jolly Good Fellow page now tells us not to confuse the original with Lostprophets' latest, lest you ruin grandpa's birthday celebrations. You, see "felon" sounds similar to "fellow" but means almost the OPPOSITE! Ha. This of course is the Lostprophets' 'drug-dealing is bad' song – thanks guys! – which asks a local ne'er-do-well, "Mikey, where'd you get the Nikes?" The insinuation being that Mikey's been slinging disco biscuits on the streets of Pontypridd – which, thanks to Losprophets, we now know is dead bad.

Kate Nash
Do Wah Doo (Fiction)

Do wah don't.

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