Caught in the Net: Bat haunts again with another woman
Friday 21 September 2012
On "Laura", the first track showcased from Bat for Lashes'
forthcoming album The Haunted Man, Natasha Khan, below right, pared
things down with a spare, sad piano ballad. Intent on displaying her
full range, for "Marilyn", the second track to emerge from the record,
things go widescreen with a big 1980s synth-pop sound that's equal parts
melancholy and hopeful, all underpinned by a gorgeous vocal from Khan.
New Innings is a near Missy
After a long hiatus, Missy Elliott returned this week with two new singles made with regular collaborator Timbaland. Elliott was once out in front as one of the most interesting hip-hop artists around, making great, forward-looking pop music. She seems to have lost some of her lustre on these two solid, if a little perfunctory tracks. "Triple Threat" and "9th Innings" are selling on iTunes now, and can be streamed HERE.
Adult Swim's singles surface
For a third year running, the US pop-culture cable TV network Adult Swim has put together its "Singles Programme", in which it invites musicians to record a single, which is released over 13 weeks and made free to download from adultswim.com. This year's offering concluded with offerings from noise-rap crew Death Grips, above left, and art rock big-hitters Liars. The collection also includes Flying Lotus, Gauntlet Hair and Unknown Mortal Orchestra. Find the whole thing at click HERE.
Film The critics but sneer but these unfashionable festive films are our favourites
TV We're so close to knowing what happened to Oliver Hughes, but a last-minute bluff crushes expectations
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Nigel Farage: Me vs Russell Brand on Question Time – he's got the chest hair but where are his ideas?
- 2 Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more
Peter Lik: The self-proclaimed 'fine-art photographer' whose work sells for millions
The best underrated Christmas movies from Love, Actually to While You Were Sleeping
Grace Dent on TV: The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies was a beautifully shot, immensely considered drama
The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies, review: Jason Watkins is brilliant, but real victim Joanna Yeates is reduced to a footnote
Marilyn Manson denies involvement in shocking Lana Del Rey rape video
Disgruntled RBS worker writes hilarious open letter to Russell Brand after anti-capitalist publicity stunt leaves him hungry
Shock poll shows voters believe Ukip is to the left of the Tories
Nigel Farage's approval rating hits 'record low' as popularity suffers in wake of Ukip sex scandal
Ukip candidate jokes about 'shooting peasants' in racist and homophobic rant
Pakistan school attack live: Taliban kill at least 132 children in 'horrifying' massacre
Germany sees 'visible rise' in support for far-right extremism in response to perceived 'Islamisation' of the West