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Collaborations between artists are typically orchestrated by record labels hoping to generate the next chart hit, but on this occasion the chart-topping dance act Rudimental had the chance to do their own A&R, picking a rising act with whom to work on a new track. Given the challenge of writing, recording, releasing and performing an original track within a 24-hour time frame, they picked emerging artist Manchester-based Bipolar Sunshine, aka Adio Marchant, the former front man of indie-ska band Kid British.“We discovered Bipolar Sunshine's tune Fire on YouTube and thought it was great – great vocals and lyrics,” Rudimental's Piers Agget tells me.

De Luca flies solo to release Aeroplane's debut album

The remixers, Aeroplane, are well known for their chirpy nu-disco or Balearic remixes of Friendly Fires ("Paris"), Grace Jones ("Williams' Blood"), Robbie Williams ("Bodies") – now even a new and still unreleased recorded remix of George Michael ("Faith").

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Groove Armada - Big beat boys chart new waters

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Vice Magazine hosts party to raise money for earthquake-struck Haiti

While Simon Cowell has been dipping into his contacts book to organise a one-off single to raise fund for the earthquake-struck Haiti, the rest of the music community has been hard at work raising funds the DIY-way

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Standon Calling, Standon, Hertfordshire

It seems you can't turn the corner of a country lane this summer without espying the tented sprawl of yet another festival. But while most promoters seem content to peddle identikit line-ups and their sponsor's weak lager, there are some real gems out there if you know where to look.

Friendly Fires - Burning eyes on the prize

Friendly Fires' album of retro dance-pop is the sleeper on the Mercury judges' shortlist. Fiona Sturges explains why

Observations: Cocktails with cocknbullkid at the Sanderson hotel

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Once of no fixed abode, rapper finds a place on Mercury Prize shortlist

Speech Debelle edges out former favourite Lily Allen to pick up nomination

Mercury Music Prize nominees announced

The nominations for the Barclaycard Mercury Music Prize have been announced, with joint favourites Florence and The Machine's 'Lungs' and Kasabian's third LP 'West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum' jostling with ten other entries to be named the album of the year.

A new way to be top of the pops

The debut of two music charts will provide more exposure for Britain's emerging talent, says Alison Wenham

Hit & Run: Andy Murray loves the English now?

Andy Murray in love with the English? You're having a laff, mate, aintcha?

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