It almost feels like the nice weather might be sticking around and gently easing us into a busy season of festivals and high profile albums so DJ and pop blogger Pop Culture Platinum, aka Conor Behan, has some music tidbits to keep your spirits high until summer arrives.

Paramore’s latest self titled album has already topped the Irish album charts, the loss of two members from their lineup doing nothing to harm their appeal with fans.

Before giving the new effort a listen I was only really familiar with their singles which I enjoyed but was never bowled over by. But to my surprise their current album is impressive stuff. The running time is a tad bloated but there are plenty of moments of pop magic scattered throughout, with brash guitars and Hayley William’s soaring voice shining on every song.

Current single Still Into You is particularly good, an infectious bubblegum treat with a suitably colourful video:

You may have heard about Charli XCX too who has spent several years releasing tracks to the delight of music bloggers and high-end style magazines.

Given that she’s only 20 and got such a stylised, 90s referencing look it’d be easy to dismiss Charli XCX as a sort of ironic novelty, all visual flair and no musical substance.

Thankfully she proves doubters wrong on debut album True Romance which features many of the songs she’s debuted over the last few years and equally impressive new material. Her sound has a 80s New Wave feel with R&B textures and moody vocals combining for a very modern sounding album. It’s also full of catchy, witty songs too and could very easily give her an even wider audience.

Rudimental are a UK dance act who’ve notched up several hit singles there, their latest Waiting All Night has debuted at number 1 this week. It sets things up nicely for the debut album Home which is released here this Friday.

Combining cool production and big, festival-ready hooks it has a sense of polish that will have it appeal to both casual music fans and those that have been following their ascent since their track Spoons became a fan favourite last year.

Home features plenty of interesting guest stars, including rising talent like MNEK, Syron and Angel Haze and one of the biggest artists in pop Emeli Sandé. An album well worth your time.

One of the year’s most anticipated albums is undoubtedly Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories.

The French duo have scored some of the biggest crossover dance hits ever and have a rabid following.

The hype is such that current tune Get Lucky leaped straight to the top of iTunes charts the world over on it’s release on Friday and it already feels like the song of summer.

Whether you’ve already been playing it non stop or yet to give it a go, there’s no denying the instant, funk driven feel of this number, that ropes in Pharrell Williams for some rather perfect vocals. Addictive stuff.

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