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From animated hip-hop to a song in support of sex workers, a few of our favorite tracks from the week

Alex Cameron: Far From Born Again Alex Cameron’s releases continue to delight and surprise. In the video for “Far From Born Again,” his newest single from Miami Memory (out 13 September), Cameron struts into a strip club, backed by a smooth instrumental, and sings about sex work. “The song was a moment for me to clearly express my stance on the job and the people that …

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Classic hip-hop, experimental soundscapes, sample-heavy tunes and more in our musical round-up

Rapsody: Ibtihaj Named for Ibtihaj Muhammad (the first American to wear a hijab when competing for the USA in the Olympics), new single “Ibtihaj,” from North Carolina rapper Rapsody, heavily samples GZA’s “Liquid Swords” and also features the Wu Tang member. Unlike the 1995 track, this release includes the immediately recognizable vocals of D’Angelo. The infectious groove will appear on Rapsody’s upcoming album EVE, which …

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From dramatic tunes to disco tracks, experimental to electronic, our favorites from the week

Angel Olsen: All Mirrors With a pared-back introduction featuring synths and sporadic percussion that gives way to a 14-piece orchestra and a stirring string-ladened interlude and conclusion, Angel Olsen’s “All Mirrors” is a cinematic ride. The layered melody is at once brooding and elating, with Olsen’s vocals guiding the track. Produced by John Congleton, with arrangements by Jherek Bischoff and Ben Babbitt, the song will …