The Barometer: Rick Ross; Of Montreal; Leonard Cohen; The War on Drugs; La Sera; King Khan and the Shrines; oFF Love; Kindness; My Best Fiend

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Rick Ross

Holy Ghost

Featuring Diddy, this track mixes David Icke's paranoid rationale with Soulja Boy's simplistic beats and gangster-rap bravado.

Of Montreal

Dour Percentage

With its falsetto vocals and chirpy flutes, this song is easy to dismiss as an ironic nod to the 1970s. There's sincerity beneath the smile, however, and quality to the writing.

Leonard Cohen

Darkness

The second single from Cohen's new studio album is bluesy, brooding and darkly humorous. Think "I'm Your Man" or even Bob Dylan's "Things Have Changed".

The War on Drugs

Don't Fear the Ghost

A heady mix of 1970s prog-rock and the Stone Roses' more experimental moments.

La Sera

Please Be My Third Eye

Katy Goodman makes short, snappy, new-wave pop, influenced by the likes of Blondie, Long Blondes and Best Coast.

King Khan and the Shrines

Bite My Tongue

Bratty garage-rock that neatly mixes Stax Records' horns with The Standells' riffs.

oFF Love

Be Around U

Starting as an unsettling ballad that makes the refrain sound like a threat, this track quickly veers off into trance.

Kindness

Mary Ann Hobbs Mix

Kindness's recent 23-minute XFM session featured this mix of 10 tracks by everyone from Stevie Wonder to Silo Pass.

My Best Fiend

Cracking Eggs

Vast, fuzzy indie-pop from the Brooklyn band's debut LP.

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