The Barometer: Buzzard Lope; Seven Saturdays; Teengirl Fantasy; Big Boi ft. Andre 3000; Gold Panda; Deerhunter; The xx; Ou Est Le Swimming Pool

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Buzzard Lope

The Great I Am

Early Tom Waits meets Ben Folds in a song from the Bedford band's (below) mini-album 'Daybreak'.

Seven Saturdays

Au Revoir

With strings, guitars and toy-like sounds, this track from the LA band's new EP rolls out in epic fashion; like Mogwai in a far more pretty mood.

Teengirl Fantasy


Euphoric synths and a soul sample reminiscent of Massive Attack's "Unfinished Sympathy" pushes "Cheaters" deep into the realms of Nineties dance.

Big Boi ft. Andre 3000

Lookin 4 Ya (Jedi RMX)

This outtake from Big Boi's acclaimed LP has surfaced fresh with some fine rhymes from his Outkast partner.

Gold Panda


Lovely, shimmering techno and hard-edged beats open the UK producer's debut LP, released in October.



One should tread carefully when it comes to sax solos but it works perfectly on the penultimate track from the band's (below) new album.

The xx

Heart Skipped a Beat

A downbeat call-and- response reminder of why the south London trio were popular winners this week of the Mercury Prize.

Ou Est Le Swimming Pool

Dance The Way I Feel

Despite the death of frontman Charles Haddon, the band have confirmed they will be releasing their Euro-electro influenced debut LP.

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