You need music, because it makes you happy. That’s all there is to it. And although the glory days of hanging round in town on a Saturday trying to get your pal to give you free Big Macs, failing to be funny in front of girls and buying an expensive CD single has dwindled, the need to download all the music in the world has risen. Here’s where it’s at this week:

1/ The biggie: VV Brown – Shark In The Water

Ah, VV Brown: kind of lovely but also kind of boring. Like, her voice is amazing. No doubt. But Shark In The Water just sounds like Amy Winehouse. Doesn’t it? But then on TV at Glasto she came across as a total non-twat. But really, we need more from our pop stars than a friendly demeanour and a delicious voice. Don’t we? Maybe not. Maybe VV Brown could singlehandedly make this country nicer. That would be swell.

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2/ The also-pretty-biggie: Lady Gaga – Paparazzi

Yeah yeah, you either love her or hate her. And yeah yeah, she’s a narcissistic, fame-obsessed, attention seeking media whore who’s unafraid to flash her pants. But that’s Madonna we’re describing right there. So you can’t deny Lady Gaga’s got ambition, and she sure as hell knows where she’s coming from. Bow to her now, or she'll hunt you down.

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3/ The lady we love more than is natural: Natalie Storm – Get In

First, an admission: this came out in June. But we missed it. Sorry. But it doesn’t stop Jamaican Natalie Storm being one of a clutch of new dancehall stars who are closer-than-ever to taking over your ears. Get In has an enormous suffocating squelching bass, and lyrics only slightly less sexually provocative than the daintily titled Hot Fuck. Yeah, you ‘eard.

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4/ The well mental banging dance tune: Grum – Sound Reaction

Making it his sole purpose in life to mix the depth in sound of Justice with the French computer-bass of Daft Punk has served Grum well. But that’s not all. He makes spaceship noises! And he wants to damage your brain.

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5/ The band you’ll either love or hate: Kid British – Our House Is Dadless

Mancunian rabble Kid British like shouting. And they love their house. But it’s not their house at all, it’s Madness’s house. And Kid British have nicked the “our house, in the middle of our street” refrain from right under Suggs’s nose and whacked a few of their own lyrics either side of it. And put some hats on. It’s fun in an ‘I could do that’ kind of way. The Specials they ain’t.

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