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"I'm going to do something I never do," confesses Allen Stone. "I've got a song called 'The Fly' I wrote two days ago in my hotel room I'd like to sing to you." It's a courageous and daft act from this resolutely bland American soul singer.

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If appearing on the soundtrack of Grey's Anatomy leads more people to investigate Jamie Lidell's music, they ought to enjoy what they find.

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Jamiroquai, 02 Arena, London

Jay Kay, the big-hatted funkstar and multi-million record selling lead singer of Jamiroquai, may have released his lowest-selling album to date in Rock Dust Light Star, but his trusted formula of rock, funk and touch of acid-jazz still packs out the 02 Arena, London's biggest venue, with ease.

Album: Katy B, On A Mission (Rinse)

The latest Brit School alumnus to be saddled with the weight of unfair expectations, Katy B blends R&B vocals with the dubstep arrangements of Geeneus, Zinc and Magnetic Man to create a distinctive homegrown UK club sound.

Album: Jamiroquai, Rock Dust Light Star (Mercury)

In the five years since Dynamite, electro and dubstep have made significant inroads into the dance-pop mainstream, which leaves an old-school full-band funk exercise like Rock Dust Light Star sounding more than a little dated.

Hats off to the ones who wear 'em well

Foreign Secretary William Hague has come in for a lot of stick for yet another hat-related fashion faux-pas.

My Fantasy Band - Irwin Sparkes, The Hoosiers

'I want someone with great range and a good proper howl'

Guru: Rapper who helped fuse hip-hop and jazz as part of Gang Starr and Jazzmatazz

By the late 1980s, hip-hop acts and producers such as DJ Jazzy Jeff, Marley Marl and A Tribe Called Quest had made the connection between jazz and rap. But the American MC Guru went further and helped fuse the two, first with Gang Starr, and most notably with his Jazzmatazz project.

Pandora: Aitken rocks the Kazakh jailhouse

There's nothing better, Pandora finds, than a bit of Kazakh sun at this time of year. Jonathan Aitken clearly agrees: he appears to be holidaying there as we speak. Indeed, we hear the one-time jailbird has been touring the country's penal institutions at the invitation of none other than the Kazakh leader, Nursultan Nazarbayev.

Man jailed for damaging Jamiroquai star's Ferrari

A chef who admitted damaging a Ferrari Enzo supercar belonging to Jamiroquai frontman Jay Kay was jailed for 20 weeks today.

Boy 'not Jewish enough' loses school appeal

The father of an 11-year-old boy who was told that his son was not Jewish enough to be accepted at one of the country's leading Orthodox schools has lost his claim for unlawful discrimination.

Album: Jamie Lidell, Jim (Warp)

OK, I get it, even though it sounds like bad Motown it's actually a clever-clever, 21st-century take on soul and funk music through the ages.

Mark Ronson, Hammersmith Apollo, London

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