Alicia Keys – Try Sleeping with a Broken Heart

But man, if ever there was a scene made for Shipley’s First Hypothesis, it may well have been the bit where Alicia heals a dead dog…

Daisy Dares You ft. Chipmunk – Number One Enemy

Essex teen becomes the first to test Shipley’s First Hypothesis…

Corinne Bailey Rae – I’d Do It All Again

Six songs in, it’s our first one from Leeeeeeeds…

Gil Scott-Heron – Me and the Devil

And, of course, the most interesting thing I know about this feller is that his dad played for Celtic…

Los Campesinos! – Romance is Boring

Is it Stacey? Does it matter?…

Wiley & Chew Fu – Take That

Three songs in, and it’s our first serious top 10 contender of the year…

Vampire Weekend – Cousins

Just so we’re clear, that’s Vampire Weekend as our highest-scoring single so far this year. How’s your humble pie tasting, haters? Mmm? MMMMM?…

Young Money ft. Lloyd – BedRock

OK, so the Best-Off has basically been a fucking disaster, but we’re not completely admitting defeat just yet. However, it’s nearly the end of January. And a lot of stuff has happened that we need to catch up on. For instance, this is top five in the US. Somehow…

The Singles Jukebox End-of-Year Best-Off 2009, Round 2: “Stillness Is the Move” vs. “Heads Will Roll”

Four skinny indie kids, four skinny indie kids… Iain Mew: Doing lots of ‘interesting’ things to not much effect vs. thrillingly cutting straight to the point – has to be the latter. Alex Macpherson: The anthemic supremacy of Karen O and her boys simply shows up her competition in girl-fronted indie as total amateur chancers. […]

The Singles Jukebox End-of-Year Best-Off 2009, Round 2: “9xs Outta 10″ vs. “So Good”

Electrik Red’s “So Good” only managed to score 5.00 in the regular season, but it’s made the second round – only to come up against DJ Quik & Kurupt’s big drummy juggernaut, which scored 8.06. On paper, it shouldn’t have a prayer – but on the internet… Martin Skidmore: I like the Electrik Red album, […]