The Barometer: Speech Debelle; Chipmunk; Washed Out; Bassekou Kouyate; Fever Ray; Warpaint
What's hot on our playlist
Friday 11 September 2009
Speech Debelle Spinnin'
Strident rhymes and jazzy rhythms meet in a defiant low-key anthem from Deblle's Mercury Prize winning album, 'Speech Therapy'.
Chipmunk Oopsy Daisy
It would appear Mr Chip-Diddy-Chip has got himself a little love hangover judging by this cuddly, grime ballad.
Washed Out Feel It All Around
This delicious slice of arty pyschedeila will make you want to lie down in the sun and let the day float on by.
Bassekou Kouyate Torin Torin
A tantalising appetiser from Bassekou Kouyate's stunning new album shows the king of the ngoni on funkier form than ever.
Fever Ray Here Before
From a limited edition 7" single, the Swedish electro artist covers Vashti Bunyan with typical eerie aplomb.
Warpaint Billie Holiday
Smoky harmonies and dreamy pop combine in a beautiful track from the LA band's EP, 'Exquisite Corpse'.
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Film The critics but sneer but these unfashionable festive films are our favourites
TV We're so close to knowing what happened to Oliver Hughes, but a last-minute bluff crushes expectations
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Nigel Farage: Me vs Russell Brand on Question Time – he's got the chest hair but where are his ideas?
- 2 Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more
Peter Lik: The self-proclaimed 'fine-art photographer' whose work sells for millions
The best underrated Christmas movies from Love, Actually to While You Were Sleeping
Grace Dent on TV: The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies was a beautifully shot, immensely considered drama
The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies, review: Jason Watkins is brilliant, but real victim Joanna Yeates is reduced to a footnote
Marilyn Manson denies involvement in shocking Lana Del Rey rape video
Nigel Farage: Me vs Russell Brand on Question Time – he's got the chest hair but where are his ideas?
Disgruntled RBS worker writes hilarious open letter to Russell Brand after anti-capitalist publicity stunt leaves him hungry
Shock poll shows voters believe Ukip is to the left of the Tories
New era of cheap oil 'will destroy green revolution'
Ukip founder Alan Sked and Nigel Farage 'begged Enoch Powell to stand as a candidate'
Ukip candidate jokes about 'shooting peasants' in racist and homophobic rant