The Barometer: Kanye West, Little Comets, Best Coast, Be Good Natured, Minks, Giant Steps, Keith Richards & the X-Pensive Winos

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Kanye West ft Rihanna, Kid Cudi, Alicia Keys, Fergie, Elton John

All of the Lights


Epic horns, a drum pattern as catchy as Gold Digger and a stellar support cast. A real return to form from Mr West.Little Comets


Pop-fuelled post punk with a debt to The Futureheads and Two Door Cinema Club.

Best Coast

Sun Was High (So Was I)

This Strokes-esque non-album track was a highlight of Best Coast's return to the UK earlier this week. It's like sound in soft focus.

Be Good Natured

Be My Animal

Florence & the Machine meets The Cranberries. Ethereal indie folk destined for many a Sound of 2011 list.



Unfiltered, fragile and echoey, this is pure noise-pop. Minks clearly owe a lot to post-punk band The Wake.

Giant Steps


Named after the seminal John Coltrane album, Giant Steps remain more slick and stylish indie pop than jazz.


Traktor (Demo)

Praised by the likes of Professor Green and Tinchy Stryder – Wretch's laid-back, beat- driven demos show a huge amount of promise.

Keith Richards & the X-Pensive Winos

Take It So Hard

A surprise from Richards's recent book was the affection he maintains for his patchy solo career. This song is not without its charms, however.

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