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.
Arts & Ents blogs
One Direction urge fans to lobby George Osborne about corporate tax avoidance
Reading line-up 2014: Paramore, QOTSA and more confirmed for Reading and Leeds Festival bill
What are the best first lines in fiction?
Boy George: Bad karma
12 Years a Slave didn't depict the 'happy slaves', critic complains
Britain's top vet sparks controversy with call for ban on slashing animals' throats in 'ritual' slaughters for halal and kosher meat products
Exclusive: Impact of immigrants on British workers ‘negligible’
Katie Hopkins continues campaign to become Britain's most hated talking head with poorly timed Bob Crow tweet
Grace Dent: Who cares if she spells it Barraco Barner? Gemma Worrall is more employable than some bookish arts graduate
Ukraine crisis: Russia pledges to 'retaliate against sanctions' as Ukrainian president says Crimea vote will not be recognised
The quiet diplomat: Catherine Ashton - recognised and admired in all the world’s troubled countries, yet ridiculed at home
- 1 Three-quarters of Britons are saying it wrong - the top ten most common mispronunciations
- 2 Boy George: Bad karma
- 3 Grace Dent: Who cares if she spells it Barraco Barner? Gemma Worrall is more employable than some bookish arts graduate
- 4 First Kiss video: Filmmaker gets 20 strangers to make out on YouTube with awkward results
- 5 Ian Wright breaks down in ITV documentary charting his rise to Arsenal and England striker