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Samantha Urbani: Hints And Implications From her highly anticipated debut solo EP Policies Of Power, Samantha Urbani's '80s-inspired jam "Hints And Implications" is utterly addictive. With plenty of retro touches (including power riffs and that drum...
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Ash Shakur: Never Alone
London-based Ash Shakur shares a properly uplifting message in his new track "Never Alone," which is impeccably produced by Scf Beats. The glittery song is intended for listeners who feel isolated and lonely, "When it feels like everything is over...
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Mahalia: Sober Produced by Maths Time Joy, "Sober" is Leicester-born, Birmingham-based singer/songwriter Mahalia's most recent release and it's beautifully sleek and fluid. A little more R&B and boom-bap than her previous releases, it's a smooth and...
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NJOMZA: Hear Me
From NJOMZA's upcoming EP Sad For You, "Hear Me" (produced by Papi Beatz) is a down-tempo synth-pop tune that adds glitter to balladry. About her teenage relationship falling apart, the song includes several "lost love" themes, but NJOMZA's tender...
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Flying Mojito Bros: Rodeo Cósmico Mix Get your lava lamp out and enjoy this trippy, psychedelic mix from DJ outfit the Flying Mojito Bros (aka producer/musician Ben Chetwood and DJ Jack Sellen). Aptly named "Rodeo Cósmico," this '70s-influenced, spaced...
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Mabel: Finders Keepers
The first track from her Bedroom EP, Mabel's "Finders Keepers" certainly has some '90s R&B influences but it's decidedly current-day—thanks to modern pop flourishes. With an intro from MC Kojo Funds, the track is bouncy and tropical throughout. The...
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Charles Bradley: Changes
It’s hard not to shed a tear, listening to Charles Bradley’s music. At the same time, it’s impossible not to feel uplifted too. Such is the anomaly that is the 67-year-old soul singer, whose passion radiates so strongly it feels like he’s right...
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Miguel: Waves
In what's become typical (but no less welcome) Miguel style, "Waves" (from the singer's third album Wildheart) is smooth and sultry rock-meets-R&B that's sex-heavy ("Body surf on me," he sings, "I wanna ride that wave all night") and full of posi vibes...
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New Order: Restless It's safe to say that much of the dance music we listen to today wouldn't exist without the '80s influence of New Order. The group took a genre to soaring heights with bold, charged music. New Order has released a new single...
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Thundercat: Them Changes From Thundercat's mini-album The Beyond / Where the Giants Roam (his first solo album since 2013's Apocalypse, though he's kept busy working on Kendrick Lamar's last release and more) comes "Them Changes"—a track that...
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Bilal: Satellites
In his first record since 2013's beautiful A Love Surreal, NYC-based singer/songwriter Bilal is set to release In Another Life on 30 June. From the Adrian Younge-produced album (which will feature Kendrick Lamar, Big K.R.I.T. and Kimbra) comes the...
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Jeremih feat. J Cole: Planes
Though more recently best known for the super-popular "Don't Tell 'Em," Jeremih's knack for slower sex-laden tracks can't be doubted. With his recent release, "Planes" (possibly from his long-awaited album Late Nights), he sings to his listener about...
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D'Angelo and The Vanguard: Black Messiah
Fourteen years since his last record, D'Angelo has finally released his incredible new album, Black Messiah. Not only is it a beautiful, thoughtful and soulful album (as always expected from the singer/songwriter/instrumentalist), it's also poignantly...
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Baby Alpaca: Roller Coaster
In advance of next year's forthcoming EP, Brooklyn duo Baby Alpaca has released a beautiful new (and sexually charged) track, "Roller Coaster." It's been almost a year since the band dropped a new track, and this is well worth the wait, as melody meets...
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Asante Phenix: Nameless
Brooklyn's own Asante Phenix stood out amid a slurry of new acts that this year's CMJ brought into the city. The MC effortlessly blends witty yet heartfelt bars with buttery smooth vocals on his latest track "Nameless." A downtempo beat puts Phenix...
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Courtship Ritual: Kingdom of Beauty
Courtship Ritual can be spotted performing their restrained tunes with an equally minimal setup in Brooklyn venues like Baby's All Right—regularly joined on stage by hired belly dancers whose hypnotic choreography enhance the otherworldly mood. "Kingdom...
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Beatenberg: Rafael
Cape Town-based trio Beatenberg brought sunny, jazz-tinged vibes from their hometown to NYC for the first time this week. Debuting at CMJ's South African Showcase, the outfit's lead single "Rafael" embodies the band's unique blend of Cape jazz and...
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Tkay Maidza: U-Huh
Zimbabwe-born Aussie teen songwriter and rapper Tkay Maidza graced the East Coast with her presence at multiple CMJ showcases this past week at Pianos, Santos Party House and more. Her confidence-boosting single "U-Huh" fuses pop, rap and electronic...
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Future Punx: Spike Train
In their single "Spike Train," five-piece Brooklyn act Future Punx blends chanting vocals with sweet synth lines, funky live drums and guitars for an interesting contrast. Their overall fast-paced, energetic vibes make for a fun (and sweaty) live show...