The Barometer: Bashy feat H-Boogie; Friendly Fires; The xx; Joe Pernice; Volcano Choir; Noah and the Whale

Bashy feat H-Boogie Your Wish Is My Command

Hip-hop layered with a generous splash of electropop and vocals courtesy of Estelle's lil' sis might just be a chart winner for the charming MC.

Friendly Fires Kiss of Life

Addictive, exuberant disco-pop single coming up from the Mercury nominees.

The xx Crystalised

Sultry male/female soul vocals and minimalist, off-kilter riffs: atmospheric, dark, moody and brilliant.

Joe Pernice Tell Me When It's Over's most soulful crooner breezes through The Dream Syndicate's cult psych-rock classic.

Volcano Choir Island, IS

Justin Vernon's (aka Bon Iver) side project. Music blog Stereogum is offering a preview MP3 of this lovely electrofolk track to whet the appetite.

Noah and the Whale The First Days of Spring

Delicate atmospheric Sigur Ros-esque strings build up to soaring emotion – far superior to their debut effort.