The Playlist: Wire/ Rich Kidz/ Veronica Falls/ Beach Fossils/ Blue Hawaii
Doubles and Trebles
Always striving to innovate and never willing to sit back and rely on their impressive back-catalogue, Wire prove they are still a force to be reckoned with on this dark new single.
Rich Kidz ft Chief Keef and Future
The Atlanta rap collective have recruited Chief Keef (aka rap's current hottest property) on this slick and hooky nightclub banger.
Filled with Morrissey-esque humour and chiming guitars, Veronica Falls (above) perfectly channel The Smiths.
Dirty punk-rock bass drives this dissection of artistic reliance on sponsorship.
Unknown Mortal Orchestra
So Good At Being in Trouble
Freshly signed to Jagjaguwar, UMO seem all set to continue their blue-eyed-soul odyssey on their long-awaited second album.
Try To Be
This gorgeous, acoustic-guitar-loop led track by Blue Hawaii (above) is taken from the debut full-length, “Untogether”.
The Natural World
Disco-influenced dance-pop may not feel as fresh as it did it 2009, but Cymbals have come on leaps and bounds in that time. Anthemic and intelligent, this could signify a break.
Children's bookseller wins The Independent's new author search
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Renee Zellweger on plastic surgery reports: 'I'm living a fulfilling life and I'm thrilled that perhaps it shows'
- 2 Disney announces new female-led film Moana
- 3 Banksy not arrested: Internet duped by fake report claiming artist's identity revealed
- 4 Australian café owner sparks debate after saying 'No' to having unruly children on premises
- 5 Video: Boxer Vido Loncar brutally assaults referee following defeat
Mike Read 'apologises unreservedly' for Ukip Calypso and withdraws it from sale
Disney announces new female-led film Moana
Eight seconds of white noise is top of the Canadian iTunes chart because people love Taylor Swift that much
American Horror Story season 4, Fox - TV review: Sensitive, silly and sensational
Fukushima nuclear crisis: Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on - and may never return home
Cameron is warned 'no possibility' of UK reducing immigration and that bid to bring in quota on migrant workers would be illegal
Of course, teenage girls need role models – but not like beauty vlogger Zoella
Residents should throw a street party and mix with immigrant neighbours, councils told
Russell Brand threatened with arrest after filming outside Fox News headquarters
London bus driver 'kicks gay couple off for kissing'
Support for EU membership 'at highest level since 1991 with most Brits wanting to stay in'