The Barometer: Jessie J; Strange Boys; Basketball; Takkhalha; Burnt Ones; Hot Horizons; Benjamin Francis Leftwich; Basement Jaxx

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Jessie J

Do It Like A Dude

Her debut album is still a long way off but Essex girl Jessie J is pitched as an heir to Lady Gaga's freak-pop throne. You heard her here first!

Strange Boys

Be Brave

Diehards will say Kate Moss's endorsement has ruined their cool but with r'n'b-tinged garage rock of this quality, we need not worry.


Suspiros de Chile

Six minutes of fiesta vocals, carnival beats and dance-rock samples. The wilder side of contemporary South America.


Play With Fire

This haunting Rolling Stones' cover is a standout track on 'Persian Underground' - a compilation album of Iranian rock'n'roll from the 1960s.

Burnt Ones

Alright (Sha-La-La)

Just when we thought reverb drenched guitars and Beach Boys melodies were passé, Burnt Ones came along to change our minds.

Hot Horizons


This debut single is a rich and heartfelt piece of pop.

Benjamin Francis Leftwich

Atlas Hands

It's early days for the Yorkshireman but he is causing a buzz with tender musings that draw comparisons with Nick Drake and Elliott Smith.

Basement Jaxx

Deep Inside Your Love

This smooth seven-minute jam is a highlight from 'Early Material' – the forthcoming digital reissue of Basement Jaxx's self-released work on their own Atlantic Jaxx label.