Afternoon everyone! Welcome to my third singles column for the 405. Nothing really blew me away this week, but there might be something here you'll enjoy.

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Short Stories - 'On The Way / Let It Go' [Single of the Week]

Didn't know Sampha and Koreless were doing something together, so I'm pretty interested to hear this...

It's a fascinating song actually. It's got a crisp pop production quality to it, but with a strange beat. Initially I didn't think I was going to like it, but I can get behind this. Makes me want to go back and listen to some Koreless tunes.

Mina Tindle - 'Lovely Day'

So Mina Tindle. Not heard of her, French folk singer it seems.

Pretty nice if you like that sort of thing. It's actually got quite a strong melody. Probably not original enough to help her stand out from similar sounding acts, but good luck to her.

Eels - 'New Alphabet'

Listened to the whole album this morning actually. I absolutely love Eels, 'top 20 favourite bands ever' levels of love.

The album is (in places) pretty safe, but this is one of the best tracks on it. I'm guessing that Wonderful, Glorious is probably around their 10th album, so by now you either love Eels or you don't!

Frightened Rabbit - 'The Woodpile'

I don't want to be mean, but I really really don't like this. Watered down Biffy Clyro, if that's even possible.

I swear this band used to be quite good.

D E N A - 'Cash, Diamond, Rings, Swimming Pools'

I bet every single review of this act says she sounds like M.I.A. - I guess she sort of looks like her (fashion-wise) and this track does sound pretty similar in style.

It's pretty generic though really. Thumbs down.

Jessie Ware - 'If You're Never Gonna Move' (previously 110%)'

This was first released about 8 months ago, but guess they are giving it another go to get more radio play.

There is no doubt it's a fantastic song, best one on the record for sure. Not much more to say that hasn't already been said by far better writers than me, so I won't!

Veronica Falls - 'Teenage'

Was definitely a fan of Veronica Falls' first record and have all their 7"s from before then too.

Some people might think that I wouldn't like this, but the thing is they are so much better than the majority of similar sounding bands. Great harmonies and a really strong hook.

It's definitely a bit more 'pop' than the singles from their first record, and won't really get people jumping around in quite the same way, but still good. It's definitely gonna appeal to their fan base of pastel loving indie poppers.

Courteeners - Lose Control

Are they still going? Is this The Courteeners or another band... If it's a different band they aren't doing themselves any favours with that association (I think it's the same band, but they've changed their name for some reason).

Sounds like an indie X-Factor song, not much more I can say about it.

The Men - Electric

I haven't seen them yet, but apparently The Men are a stunning live band, and from listening to this song it's easy to imagine why.

Certainly not rewriting the songwriting book here but the guitar sound is really good and it doesn't sound particularly generic. It sits somewhere between garage, punk, indie and grunge.

Definitely worth checking out more from these guys I reckon.