The Barometer: Surfer Blood; Joanna Newsome; Caribou; Erykah Badu; Major Lazer; 50 Cent
Surfer Blood Swim (To Reach The End)
Reverb drenched and Lou Reed-flavoured, "Swim" justifies Surfer Blood's hype following support slots with The Drums.
Joanna Newsom Good Intentions Paving Company
The latest song to emerge from her forthcoming triple album is a bold and brilliant country-jazz piano jaunt.
From the Canadian producer's forthcoming album "Swim", this is sleek minimalist disco.
Erykah Badu Jump Up In The Air And Stay There
Neo-soul queen turned retro eccentric precedes the release of her next album with this grimey hip-hop body rocker featuring Lil Wayne and Bilal.
Major Lazer Halo
Fresh from her Grammy wins, Beyoncé gets a dancehall meets electro makeover from Diplo and friends.
50 Cent Many Men (Gonzales Piano RMX)
Canadian musical oddball Gonzales deploys his piano to rework 50 Cent with glorious results.
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