The Playlist: Jay -Z / Pond / Chvrches

The songs that are hot on our playlist this week

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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.

Kurt Vile

KV Crimes

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.

Destruction Unit

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.