Alphabeat are about as close to a perfect pop band as you'll ever find. Hailing from Denmark but then transplanted to London, this sextet is a rare breed, indeed. The members successfully combine the pure pop of ABBA, the sassy sounds of the B-52's (without the kitsch), and the disco stomp of Scissor Sisters (without the camp), yet come out sounding unique.
Last year, Robyn went to No 1 and kicked open the door for proper pop; for artists who write and perform their own songs, and eschew the talent-show fasttrack to fame. Danes Alphabeat may not have reached the top spot yet, but they were more than happy to reside in the top 10 for the month of April with their single Fascination, a mutant version of David Bowie's Modern Love with more go than the Go-Go's. They've plenty more like this: Boyfriend and 10,000 Nights may pack in the lyrical cliches, but are sung with youthful zest and sincerity.