The Barometer: Cee-Lo; Sufjan Stephens; Kanye West; Steve Mason; Deerhunter; The Walkmen; The Harvey Girls

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Fuck You

Despite its late arrival and the caustic sentiment, the Gnarls Barkley singer's irresistible new song is undoubtedly the feelgood hit of the summer.

Sufjan Stephens


The shortest track on Stephen's surprise new EP 'All Delighted People' is brief and unshowy but very beautiful.

Kanye West ft Jay-Z & Swiss Beatz

Power (remix)

A roaring reworking of West's comeback single; expect plenty more from the rapper/producer (above) as he has said he will drop a new track every Friday until Christmas.

Steve Mason

Lost and Found

Mason has announced his October tour, which will showcase his finest work since the Beta Band, such as this gorgeous stripped-back number.



A dazzling art-pop ballad from the four-piece's forthcoming LP, 'Halcyon Digest'.

The Walkmen


Relaxed Caribbean-like instrumentals combine with swooning vocals to make an excellent opener to the New Yorkers' new album, 'Lisbon'.

The Harvey Girls

Smiles Like

Infectious, uplifting psych-pop, in the vein of Tuneyards, from the husband-and-wife Portland band (below).

Carlos Santana & John McLaughlin

A Love Supreme

A swirling organ and a trance-like bass line underpin this hypnotic guitar jam from the duo's 1973 jazz-fusion LP, 'Love, Devotion, Surrender'.

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