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.
Potter's attempt to create an Essex Taj Mahal was a lovely treattv
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 As a white man, I'm surprised more women aren't tweeting the hashtag #KillAllWhiteMen
- 2 The ten most unequal developed countries in the world
- 3 Saudi Arabia 'seeking to head United Nations Human Rights Council'
- 4 New Zealand 'the best country to work as a prostitute', says sex worker advocacy group
- 5 Irish people are travelling home from all over the world so they can vote to legalise gay marriage
Cannes Film Festival rejects women from red-carpet screening of pro-LGBT romance 'Carol' for not wearing high heels
Game of Thrones rape scene criticised as 'disgusting' by US senator Claire McCaskill who says she's 'done' with show
Beyonce angers fans by pouring expensive champagne into hot tub in Nicki Minaj 'Feeling Myself' video
Mad Men, TV review: Perfect harmony? Not quite, but an enlightening finale for Don Draper
Eurovision 2015: Could Serbia's entry Bojana Stamenov be this year's Conchita Wurst?
As a white man, I'm surprised more women aren't tweeting the hashtag #KillAllWhiteMen
Scotland may have to leave the EU even if it votes to stay in, David Cameron confirms
Report finds that Britain's wages are the most unequal in Europe
Almost a third of school pupils believe 'Muslims are taking over our country', study claims
The day that Britain resigned as a global power
Labour leadership: Battle lines are drawn as members battle over party's ideology at first hustings of the contest