At the end of 2008, things seemed to have gone tits-up for jaunty Danish band Alphabeat – they parted ways with EMI despite scoring a top 10 hit with their debut album, and appeared to have been consigned to pop’s great scrapheap. Well thankfully they resigned with Polydor, and their first single with the label deserves to be an absolute smash. ‘The Spell’ is a heady rush which recalls Ace of Base at their peak, had Ace of Base been a bit more uptempo. It’s really, really good. Well done Alphabeat.