The Playlist: Jay -Z / Pond / Chvrches
The songs that are hot on our playlist this week
Dead Presidents 3
An outtake from the American Gangster soundtrack. Jay-Z put this song out via Soundcloud on the day he released new album Magna Carta Holy Grail.
Subtle waves of euphoria swirl beneath the lo-fi fuzz on this teaser track from Pond's forthcoming fifth album, Hobo Rocket. The Aussie band's line-up overlaps with the equally excellent Tame Impala.
Falling (Haim cover)
This bootleg, taken from a Radio 1 session, showcases the finest aspects of two of this year's best female-fronted acts; Haim's song writing and Chvrches knack for interpretation.
News that Vile (pictured) is touring this autumn is all the encouragement we needed to dust off this highlight from recent LP Waking on a Pretty Daze.
The World on Drugs
The Arizonan band describe themselves as 'desert punks', which fairly accurately describes their doom-laden, metal-infused psychedelic rock.
Ghosts on Tape
Still Got the Feeling
This new GoT single features the founders of brilliant San Francisco label Icee Hot — the home of numerous folk and rock acts wanting to dabble in experimental dance.
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Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 UK weather: Snow to fall in the coming week with sub-zero temperatures to last until early February
- 2 Saudi preacher who 'raped and tortured' his five -year-old daughter to death is released after paying 'blood money'
- 3 The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
- 4 Phil Neville backtracks on Tomas Rosicky 'I'd smash him' comments from Match of the Day 2
- 5 British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford faces execution by firing squad in Indonesia
Mr Selfridge series 3: Actress Kara Tointon says 'we're starting to see his demise'
Ed Sheeran texts Noel Gallagher to offer him tickets after Wembley Stadium rant
Benedict Cumberbatch says Hollywood is better for black British actors
Sia apologises for 'Elastic Heart' music video that sees Shia LaBeouf wrestle 12-year-old Maddie Ziegler
Taylor Swift banned from Triple J Hottest 100: Fans react to epic #Tay4Hottest100 defeat
Nigel Farage: NHS might have to be replaced by private health insurance
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
French court convicts three over homophobic tweets, in case hailed as a 'significant victory' by LGBT rights campaigners
Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party
George Galloway condemns 'racist, Islamophobic, hypocritical rag' Charlie Hebdo at freedom of speech rally
British Muslim school children suffering a backlash of abuse following Paris attacks