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The sounds of the week include the cosmic magic of free jazz to a cavernous fungal fantasy with a bass clarinet sextet

Ari Lennox and Summer Walker: Queen Space Ari Lennox released a surprise EP called Away Message last week (ahead of her highly anticipated second album, Age/Sex/Location, which is due this week), and from it comes the sublime “Queen Space” with Summer Walker. The track is a buttery smooth ode to not wasting time or energy on unworthy people. Beckah Amani: Waiting On You Beckah Amani’s …

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An explosion of color in Stockholm, NASA's Mars precautions, updates to our perception of marijuana and more

NASA’s Preventative Measures Against Potential Martian Pathogens Although the risk is small that threatening organisms will make their way to Earth via the Martian rock samples currently being collected, NASA is taking precautions. These samples—set to arrive in the 2030s—will first be held in a receiving facility that’s “capable of safely containing the most dangerous pathogens known to science,” that also “prevents substances on Earth …

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From desert blues to atmospheric compositions, songs that span captivating genres

Hope Tala: Leave It On The Dancefloor West London-based artist Hope Tala’s “Leave It On The Dancefloor” is a shimmery, synth-driven track. The buoyant tune—co-written with Mozella (aka Maureen Anne McDonald) and produced by Greg Kurstin—is an optimistic ode to the power of dancing your woes away. “I wrote this song imagining what I would want someone to tell me while I was going through a …