The Barometer: Big Deal; Gruff Rhys; D/R/U/G/S – Love/Lust; Egyptian Hip Hop; Spark; The Hundred in the Hands; Sea of Bees; Weezer

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Big Deal

Locked Up

Big Deal inspire comparisons with Best Coast's minor-chord grunge, though singer Kacey Underwood leans further towards PJ Harvey.

Gruff Rhys

Shark Ridden Waters

From the Welsh wonder's third solo LP due in February, this opening taster of what's to come is pop at its most ambitious.

D/R/U/G/S – Love/Lust


After living up to the hype at the In The City festival last week, expect their Orbital-inspired dance to appear on many a "Sound of 2011" list.

Egyptian Hip Hop

Moon Crooner

In spite of their band name, EHH serve up a funky Mancunian interpretation of the Mystery Jets' indie pop.



Eighteen-year-old Spark, an electro-pop inspired hybrid of Debbie Harry and Kate Bush, offers a taster of her album (due next year) with this single.

The Hundred in the Hands

Dressed in Dresden

The Brooklyn duo meld angular indie-rock guitars with driving bass and a huge dose of electro-pop.

Sea of Bees


Enchanting acoustic song from Heavenly Records' new ethereal-voiced signing, from California.


El Scorcho

The non-commercial, but brilliantly catchy, first single from the LA band's unfairly overlooked album Pinkerton, which gets a re-release next month.

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