Elisa Bray: Caught in the Net

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Super-producer Danger Mouse has been busy. First, we had a new Gnarls Barkley album, The Odd Couple, and then we had his collaboration with the blues-rock duo The Black Keys producing their new album Attack and Release. And now we can sound out his producing of the new Beck album.

Beck is streaming his new track "Chemtrails" from his website, http://www.beck.com/, and on MySpace, http://www.myspace.com/beck. Beck has always been one to mash up the genres, and this new song – though it's not a single – showcases his and Danger Mouse's shared liking of late Sixties psych-pop.

Also available online is the first song from Tricky's new album, Knowle West Boy, which comes out in July – the Bristol trip-hop star's first studio album in five years. The video for "Council Estate" can be seen at his MySpace page, http://www. myspace.com/trickola.

More videos can be seen at Last.fm/presents. The social music site where you can stream tracks for free has ventured into original content, posting videos of short interviews conducted with new and more established artists, including Santogold, Moby and Neon Neon (a project of Super Furry Animals' Gruff Rhys). Last year, Last.fm started putting on a series of gigs around their local Shoreditch area, showcasing the bands that were registering on their new band-popularity measuring Hype Chart (it measures the "buzz" as new bands start to get an audience on the site).

The Ting Tings first hit the Hype Chart in January with "Great DJ", so the Last.fm team got the duo to play a gig. The idea is that Last.fm films the events and uploads videos and audio material into the site for their online community to see.

The relaunched section features exclusive interviews with musicians with the aim of discovering what drives them as artists and what music means to them. The next wave of interviewees will be announced soon, but you can be sure that Kraut-rockers Faust will feature, as they are doing a Last.fm gig at the indie hotbed the Amersham Arms in New Cross, south London, on 18 June.

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