The Playlist: Frank Ocean / Kylie and Jason / Teengirl Fantasy / Jake Bugg / Matthew Dear / Champion / Stefan Melbourne


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Frank Ocean

Bad Religion

Music's man of the moment posted a full stream of new LP 'Channel Orange' last week. This gorgeous confessional is a stand-out, and perfectly complements the tone of his much-covered 'coming out' blog.


Teengirl Fantasy


This first teaser from the dance duo's second album, 'Trancer', is a well-crafted slice of psychedelic electronica.


Jake Bugg

Lightning Bolt

Cinematic lyrics and a Woody Guthrie-esque, world-weary voice; no wonder this 17-year-old folk-punkster is being compared to early Bob Dylan.


Matthew Dear


Infectious pop that crackles with pure melancholy. The Michigan-based singer has been around a while, but his latest album may well see him break into the mainstream.


Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti

Only in My Dreams

A glistening 12-string guitar dominates Pink’s latest release, which moves casually from Byrds-esque 60s pastiche, to a fully formed modern pop song.



Crystal Meth

House-influenced grime released on the Butterz imprint – a label right at the forefront of the genre's resurgence.


Stefan Melbourne

A Place To Hide

The lead track from Melbourne's debut EP is a tough but wistful number, borrowing heavily from folk, country and Americana.