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BABYSHAM­BLES The Blind­ing EP Re­gal ★★★★ Some tabloid read­ers have short mem­o­ries, so it’s about time Pete re­minded them that he does some­thing else be­sides hang out at re­hab with Kate Moss. The ti­tle track is a splash of spiky punk in yer eye, Love You But You’re Green a f***ed up love bal­lad, and Seda­tive wide awake and dream­ing. Sweet, Pete. JAMELIA Beware of the Dog Par­lophone ★★★★ Su­gababes and Girls Aloud aren’t the only mash-up queens around. The UK r’n’b babe (left) has turned Depeche Mode’s Per­sonal Je­sus into a dev­il­ishly good disco stom­per. Beware: you will be danc­ing. It's hard to fol­low up their fab dis­core­fusenik hit, I Don't Feel Like Danc­ing, so the Sis­ters aren’t even gonna try. In­stead, here’s a though­ful bal­lad in the mould of El­ton’s Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me, about how words are never enough. SCOTT MATTHEWS Dream Song San Remo/Is­land ★★★ Does the world need an­other Nick Drake? Well, Is­land Records has, it seems, found one to re­place the old one, and it sounds like he’s got a bit of Zep in him too. And with this dreamy song full of swoop­ing strings, tablas and heav­enly voices, at least he’s not the next James Blunt. They may look fast and loose, but the Doll troupe are self-re­spect­ing girls, so don’t ex­pect them to give up the booty just like that. Buy the record first, and the con­cert tick­ets, and the mer­chan­dise, and we’ll see how we go. 1990S You're Sup­posed to Be My Friend Rough Trade ★★★★ Re­mem­ber the 1990s? Blur vs Oa­sis, Nev­er­mind and lager, lager, lager? Well, this Glas­gow bunch sound noth­ing like the decade that New Labour for­got, but they do have a riff­tas­ti­cally bright fu­ture. I'd stay friends with them if I were you.

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