The Barometer: The Kickdrums ft. Lana Del Rey & A$AP Rocky; Dirty Beaches; Nicki Minaj ft 2 Chainz; Liars; Dirty Projectors; Off!; Japandroids; Killer Mike; xxxy
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The Kickdrums ft. Lana Del Rey & A$AP Rocky
By featuring two of the hottest names in music at the moment, the Brooklyn production duo have sent the hype surrounding their new mixtape into overdrive.
Tu Ne Dis Rien
A throbbing bass, and 'Closer'-era Ian Curtis-esque vocals, power this barely recognisable Francoise Hardy cover. It's all a long way from yé-yé.
Nicki Minaj ft 2 Chainz
Beez in the Trap
The world's most in-demand rapper uses a bubble-gum beat and schoolyard melody on this bragging, defiant response to her critics.
No 1 Against the Rush
This teaser single, released to promote the cult Brooklynexperimentalists' sixth album, can be streamed for free on their Facebook page.
Gun Has No Trigger
Melodramatic, anglophile pop from the Brooklyn six-piece.
King Kong Brigade
Brutal hardcore punk from a supergroup featuring former members of Black Flag and The Circle Jerks.
The House That Heaven Built
Anthemic guitar rock ideal for fans of The Hold Steady and Weezer.
The third preview from Mike's collaboration with El-P is an angry, police-baiting slice of old fashioned hip-hop.
This Can't Be Love
The irritatingly-monikered Mancunian does a good line in beat-heavy house.
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