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The Agony & The Ecstasy

Our highlights of the week from the latest singles to the best new artists and videos in music

ALBUM OF THE WEEK: Rihanna - 'Unapologetic'

Between world tours and commandeering her own aeroplane, Rih Rih found time to make one helluva RnB record. 'Nobody's Business' (feat Chris Brown) is the big one, a brilliant piano-house disco jam produced by The-Dream, though she also delves into woozy 3am hip-hop on 'Power It Up' and even a sample of Ginuwine's 'Pony' on dub-banger 'Jump'.

VIDEO OF THE WEEK: Sebastien Schuller - 'Nightlife'

Dazed's video director of the year Emily Kai Bock ('Oblivion', 'Yet Again') takes us from Miami sunset to sunrise in the stunning new video for French musician Sebastien Schuller's latest single. I want to go nightcrawling with the video's blonde and pierced heroine so badly, especially if it can be soundtracked by electro as shimmering and transportive as this.

SONG OF THE WEEK: Veronica Falls - 'Teenage'

In Veronica Falls' comeback single, the London indie-pop four-piece debut a fuller sound and remind us of their knack for a Facebook status-ready couplet, as Roxanne Clifford sings "Driving late at night/ I let you listen to the kind of music you like" in the addictive hook. I don't know if that makes everyone think of Placebo and a bottle of poppers on the dashboard, but the song's a rush no matter who you went cruising with at 16.

OLD SONG OF THE WEEK: Georges Delerue

This is my favourite instrumental of all time. Taken from Jean-Luc Godard's mental/amazing 1963 film Contempt (Le Mépris), the string quartet and piano fade in and out, with simple, slight variations on one beautiful refrain. The below clip is also a nice reminder that Contempt's star Brigitte Bardot is literally the most gorgeous woman ever.

MIXTAPE OF THE WEEK: Tinashe - 'Reverie'

As I breathlessly wait for Ciara's new album, LA singer Tinashe has been my daily fix of R&B honey. Her new mixtape 'Reverie' is packed with minimalist, atmospheric midtempos perfect for a lil' winding at your desk.


We've had some amazing Swedish pop this year, from the barmy Elliphant and Icona Pop to sophisticated ice queens like Faye and Beatrice Eli. New signer Mø is somewhere in-between, with her tooting trumpets, chopped vocal loops and a homemade-looking video for the fantastic 'Pilgrim' where shots of her singing grumpily on the bed are intercut with vintage film clips.

LABEL OF THE WEEK: Black Butter Records

If you've ever heard Rudimental's irresistible 'Feel The Love' in a basement in the early hours of a Sunday morning, you'll know all about London-based Black Butter Records. This year they've championed Stay+ and Lulu James, but right now I love this cheerful video from new London quartet Clean Bandit, with its semi-clothed bodypopping and a giant gilded snake prowling London like a glam version of what's in Hogwarts' dungeons. Steel drums are always a winner, too.