The Playlist: Lana Del Rey / The Flaming Lips feat. Erykah Badu / John Cale / Beck / Saint Etienne / St Vincent / Sonny & the Sunsets / LA Vampires feat. Octo Octa
Lana Del Rey
Dominated by the same glamour that drove "Video Games", "Carmen" finds Del Rey on fantastic form – from its sultry lyrics to its barely there hip-hop beat.
The Flaming Lips feat. Erykah Badu
The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
A powerful, ultra-slow take on the old folk song. Dark, brooding and atmospheric.
Perfection (Actress' Reflection Mix)
Actress remix the former Velvet Underground man to perfection. Arty, abstract and industrial.
A gentle reworking of the 1928 folk-blues ballad. The crackle in Beck's voice is heartbreaking.
The indie veterans dabble in 1990s pop on this slick new single.
A heavy fuzz-punk track containing all the ruthless brutality of the street drug it is named after.
Sonny & the Sunsets
Pretend You Love Me
This country-tinged ballad is reminiscent of early-1970s Dylan, or a less tortured Townes Van Zandt.
LA Vampires feat. Octo Octa
Octo's synths dominate on this trippy house track.
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Bannatyne leaves Dragon's DenTV
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Howard Jacobson: Let's see the 'criticism' of Israel for what it really is
- 2 Gingers face extinction due to climate change, scientists warn
- 3 Brazil vs Germany World Cup 2014: In defence of Mesut Ozil - the Arsenal midfielder works magic in the shadows
- 4 PornHub begs users to stop uploading video clips of Brazil getting beaten 7-1
- 5 Give childhood back to children: if we want our offspring to have happy, productive and moral lives, we must allow more time for play, not less
Sustained immigration has not harmed Britons' employment, say government advisers
British jihadist calls for 'flag of Islam' over Downing Street and Buckingham Palace
Australia facing international condemnation after turning around Sri Lankans at sea
7/7 memorial defaced on anniversary of 2005 attacks with ‘Blair lied thousands died’ graffiti
Even when it brutalises one of its own teenage citizens, America is helpless against Israel
There’s a nasty smell in the political air – and it’s coming from the Tories