Caught in the Net: Panda Bear is back on the prowl

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Ranking music in any league table-like format has always seemed vaguely pointless, but regardless I'm willing to argue the toss with anyone that Panda Bear's 2007 album Person Pitch was one of the best of the last five years (it would certainly challenge for a Champions League place).

Now finally, Noah Lennox (who trades as Panda Bear, below, as a solo artist and is also in Animal Collective) delivers a follow-up record of his expansive, experimental electro-pop. Called Tomboy, much of it has been trailed in various single releases but it comes as a full album next week – a stream of it is previewing on NPR's "first listen" series until Tuesday: Also on the site is a recent episode of NPR's essential weekly music show All Songs Considered where Lennox played guest DJ:

Two Kate Bush LPs: one in the hand

Director's Cut, Kate Bush's first album in six years, arrives in May – you can pre-order it on iTunes now. The 11-track LP features re-recorded versions of Bush songs from her 1989 album The Sensual World and 1993's The Red Shoes. This week a single was released digitally from the record – an autotune heavy reinterpretation of "Deeper Understanding", originally on her 1989 LP. It's streaming at katebush. com.

Halcyon days for Deerhunter

Deerhunter are currently touring Europe off the back of last year's wonderful album Halcyon Digest. Last week the Atlanta art-rockers were in the UK for a number of gigs and despite the rigours of touring they still managed to write some new music – not a huge surprise given the four-piece's prodigious output. They dropped into BBC's Manchester studios to perform a session on Marc Riley's 6 Music show, where they premiered a new song which they wrote while soundchecking in Glasgow. Called "60 Cycle Hum", sonically it's a not a huge departure from their previous output, but marks a change in being their first song to have lyrics co-written by frontman Bradford Cox and bass player Josh Fauver. And departures or not, it maintains the band's rather high standards. Hear it at

Colourful return for Kutiman

A few years back Israeli musician Kutiman created a dictionary definition "internet sensation" with his Thru-You project, splicing numerous homemade music performance videos from YouTube to create a new musical whole, with spectacular results ( Recently he uploaded a new similar, albeit much smaller, effort at The new one, "My Favourite Colour", is a low-key affair featuring several performance videos mixed into a lovely spiritual jazz tune.