The Barometer: Speech Debelle; Florence Rawlings; Thom Yorke; Dan Black; Riceboy Sleeps; Cornelia
Friday 24 July 2009
Speech Debelle Searching
Homelessness is a rare inspiration in rap, but Mercury nominee Debelle proves it's a subject worth examining.
Florence Rawlings Take Me in Your Arms and Love Me
A sassy new white soul singer gies a fresh feel to a sixties classic on her fine debut album A Fool in Love.
Thom Yorke All for the Best
From Ciao My Shining Star, an album of Mark Mulcahy covers, released to aid the singer and his children after the sudden death of his wife, Melissa.
Dan Black Let Go
The melancholic final track on Black's debut album, Un, this will take you back to the "chill-out" era of the late 1990s. In a good way. Honest.
Riceboy Sleeps Happiness
Meditative and moving, this is a standout track from the new album by Sigur Ros frontman Jon Birgisson and his boyfriend Alex Somers.
Cornelia Livin it Peach
A mellifluous rap track from Sweden's newest star.
Potter's attempt to create an Essex Taj Mahal was a lovely treattv
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Ireland gay marriage vote: 'No' campaign appears to concede amid reports of 'yes' landslide victory
- 2 Purity balls: Girls in the US making virginity pledges as fathers vow to 'protect purity'
- 3 Picture of couple posing with beached dolphin 'that later died' causes outrage
- 4 16-year-old girl beaten and burned alive by lynch mob in Rio Bravo, Guatemala
- 5 Arsenal fan asks the Queen for tickets to the FA Cup final - gets a reply from Buckingham Palace
As a white man, I'm surprised more women aren't tweeting the hashtag #KillAllWhiteMen
Scotland may have to leave the EU even if it votes to stay in, David Cameron confirms
Report finds that Britain's wages are the most unequal in Europe
The day that Britain resigned as a global power
Almost a third of school pupils believe 'Muslims are taking over our country', study claims
Gay marriage 'Bert and Ernie' cake bakery found guilty of discrimination in Northern Ireland