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. Furiously. Here’s where it’s at this week:

1/ The biggie: La Roux – Bulletproof

La Roux are a duo fronted by London lass Elly Jackson, and they’re going to take over the world. Firstly, it’s looking like Bulletproof, about boys and love and that, will be number one this Sunday. Secondly, they’ve got some serious beats layed down by Ben Langmaid. And thirdly, all the kids that dress like mentalists and rip their clothes in the name of being ‘interesting’ will dig this shit forever.

MySpace: HERE
Website: HERE

2/ The band: The Enemy – Sing When You’re In Love

You don’t normally associate the trio from Coventry with melodic piano ballads, but that’s exactly what this is. Sort of. It’s kind of tame compared to the slamming lad rock of Had Enough and Away From here, but it’s the most ‘60s they’ve ever sounded and showing the tender side to their greasy haircuts and brand new coats can’t be a bad thing.

MySpace: HERE
Website: HERE

3/ The solo artist: Florence & The Machine – Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)

This song has: a weird name, a weird video, an enormous chorus, good use of harp. Plus Florence Welch has a voice that’ll blow your eardrums out and destroy your crockery (in a good way), and she makes standing in her bathroom holding a rabbit look normal. Yup, we’ve seen her do that. Because it’s included in the artwork on her excellent and weird-in-a-Kate-Bush-and-Bat-For-Lashes-way fourth single. She’ll be big. You’ll see.

MySpace: HERE
Website: HERE

4/ The banger: Basement Jaxx – Raindrops

When Felix Buxton and Simon Ratcliffe were releasing the singles Remedy, Romeo and Where’s Your Head At in the late ‘90s and early ‘00s, they probably thought the party would never stop. They were big news. They headlined Glastonbury in 2005, and worked with Justin Timberlake and Missy Elliot. Times change, but the kids will always want to party. And The Jaxx will always be an adequate soundtrack.

MySpace: HERE
Website: HERE

5/ The one you’ve never heard of: Remember Remember – The Dancing

Graeme Ronald is a Glaswegian man who makes music that sounds like floaty dreams. He’ll probably never be famous, and probably doesn’t want to be, but he knows exactly how to make sounds that make the world go away. The Dancing is off his self-titled debut album. It might make you rave.

MySpace: HERE
Website: HERE