The last time I spoke to Oh Land (aka Nanna Øland Fabricius) was way back in summer 2011, when she was touring Planet Earth in support of her self-titled second album. That record became a hit in her native Denmark, but - unfortunately - a relative flop elsewhere. This was a shame: the songs were stylish and smooth, oozed crafty fun times and learned, Classical-inspired technicality. Her biggest influence, she told me, was David Attenborough, which said a lot about her artful, almost mystical aesthetic: her world was a place where one creative art met another.

A couple of weeks ago she announced plans for a third album, to be released later this year, with a pretty catchy comeback single, entitled 'Renaissance Girls', debuting on a Danish radio station at the same time. Whilst no significant departure from her early work, she's certainly moved further forward in the direction of fun yet pristine, quick-paced pop perfection. Here's a live version.

Moving on, we all know from last year's guest-slots with Rudimental that infamous Mr blonde-streak John Newman is a highly talented and likeable popstar, if an unlikely one (rumour has it he was discovered in an East London pub by the burgeoning bass act). No surprises here - 'Love Me Again', his debut solo release (forthcoming on Island), does nothing to dispel that initial promise with its bags of soul and feel-good feel-goodness. Embedded below is the promo video, which was shot at the Mildmay Club in Stoke Newington. The footage is as 60s-indebted as his unabashed powerhouse sound, thrusting us into a fantastically recreated, bouncy Northern Soul night. One question: has Newman already mustered this summer's 'Feel the Love'?

Next up, premiered on Annie Mac's final pre-maternity Friday night show roughly a fortnight ago, 'Disappearer', the debut collaboration between Scissor Sisters' eccentric move-buster Jake Shears and relatively unknown house duo Avec, also known as Doorly & Shadow, is a real pop winner. Much like Duke Dumont's 'Need U' before it, the song is essentially based around surreal, chopped up vocal clippings, rhythmic pianoforte chording and big, booming bass synths: 2013's definitive crossover sound in a nutshell.

Creating something a little bit more adrenalised are the latest signings to Skrillex' OWLSA imprint, soul-heavy EDM beat-crunchers Monsta, who release incredible new single 'Messiah' this week. The awful name provides the guise for up-and-coming producers Rocky and Rufio and vocalist Skaar, whose malleable vocal lines soar high and expressive above their "next-level dubstep" sound (that's a quote from Skrillex himself). In short, it's brilliant, and a defiant, throbbing two-fingers to every dubstep-is-dead advocate.

This penultimate shout-out is a joke inclusion. Or is it? Super-connected East Londoner MNEK obviously has a lot of time to spare at the moment so refixes things like J-Lo songs (this time, 'Waiting For Tonight') and does it amazingly. Look out for Duke Dumont's next single, 'Hold On', which features this talented guy on vocals.

But the best pop news of the last month was almost definitely the fact Katy B returned with trance-inspired house banger 'What Love Is Made Of', and it was as day-makingly fun, silly and catchy as it probably, possibly could have been. All the hallmarks are here (a skittering off-beat, some funky-ass sub, a crazy catchy chorus) and, unsurprisingly, the main effect the song has on you is a compulsion to hit play as soon as it finishes and then repeat and repeat again. If you're bored and need some visuals, you can check out its pretty fantastic video below: think some serious Need for Speeding with intermittent drug-taking, dancing and Jessie Ware-rivalling vibing sprinkled in for good measure. Basically, with B around, should anyone else even bother?