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


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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.

John Cale

Perfection (Actress' Reflection Mix)

Actress remix the former Velvet Underground man to perfection. Arty, abstract and industrial.


Corrina, Corrina

A gentle reworking of the 1928 folk-blues ballad. The crackle in Beck's voice is heartbreaking.

Saint Etienne

Answer Song

The indie veterans dabble in 1990s pop on this slick new single.

St Vincent


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

Wherever, Boy

Octo's synths dominate on this trippy house track.