Love, Sax and Flashbacks Syco ★★★★
I know what you’re thinking: an X Factor contestant who’s made something actually worth listening to? A puppet from Simon Cowell’s pop factory has come good? Believe it or not, Fleur East – last year’s runner-up – is that person. The Londoner’s debut album is a sassy, funky, brass-infused collection that is equal parts nostalgia trip and sugar rush. Breakfast plays like an En Vogue number, More & More like a Whitney Houston tribute, while the fingerprints of Nile Rodgers are all over the ‘70s disco vibe of Over Getting Over and Paris. There’s a contemporary twist on Like That, too, a song that would give Beyonce a run for her money. Is it original? Not particularly. Is it good, quality fun? You bet. Fleur-east.com.