RECORDS / The IoS Playlist: The five best sounds of the moment

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Little Texas: Peaceful Easy Feeling (track on Common Thread: The Songs of the Eagles, Giant, CD/tape). Skirling Telecasters, stonewashed harmonies, the best passing chord of the decade: there's no need to feel guilty about singing along to this. Richard Williams

Omni Trio: Mystic Stepper (track on The Joint compilation, Suburban Base, CD/LP). Soul-diva agonies and frail keyboard tones ride an 'ardcore techno rollercoaster. AB

Kristin Hersh: Your Ghost (4AD, single). The saddest quiet record involving Michael Stipe since 'Losing My Religion'. AB

Drive: Curfew (Ninjaman, single). Viscous funk thickened with slide guitars: London clubland discovers Lynyrd Skynyrd. AB

Big John Patton: Blue Planet Man (Paddle Wheel/Bellaphon, CD). Excellent new album from the lost legend of the B-3 Hammond organ, with John Zorn on alto sax. Phil Johnson