The Barometer: Bashy feat H-Boogie; Friendly Fires; The xx; Joe Pernice; Volcano Choir; Noah and the Whale
Friday 14 August 2009
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
Alt.country'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.
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 Planes go hybrid-electric in important step to greener flight
- 2 North Korean prison officers 'cooked prisoner's baby and fed it to their dogs', more horrific accounts from UN report reveal
- 3 Antonio Martin shooting: Mayor says there should be 'no comparison' to Ferguson
- 4 Antonio Martin shooting: Police and protesters clash over teenager's death just five miles from Ferguson, Missouri
- 5 British actor Idris Elba cannot star as James Bond because he is black, says shock jock Rush Limbaugh
Secret Cinema showed The Great Dictator at protest secret screening, following Sony's The Interview cancellation
Best underrated Christmas movies: From Trading Places to While You Were Sleeping
Cruel Woman in Black prank sees cinema-goers terrified by movie poster - watch their reactions
Game of Thrones season five: First preview clip shows a beardy Tyrion, a moody Cersei and a distressed Arya
Angelina Jolie 'didn't eat much' in sympathy with actors who had to lose weight for Unbroken
Nigel Farage defends Kerry Smith 'ch***y' comment: 'If you are going for a Chinese, what do you say you’re going for?'
Rozanne Duncan: Ukip expels councillor for 'jaw-dropping' comments made in BBC TV interview
Germany anti-Islam protests: 17,000 march on Dresden against 'Islamification of the West'
British actor Idris Elba cannot star as James Bond because he is black, says shock jock Rush Limbaugh
Panic Saturday: 13 million Britons spend £1.2bn – while 13 million others across the country live in poverty unable to afford food
BBC director Danny Cohen: Rising UK antisemitism makes me feel more uncomfortable than ever