Lizzo + Missy Elliott: Tempo
Lizzo and Missy Elliott have teamed up for an absolute banger with “Tempo.” With a beat that’s reminiscent of an early 2000s hip-hop club anthem, it’s a celebration of thick women: “Slow songs, they for skinny hoes / Can’t move all of this here to one of those / I’m a thick bitch, I need tempo.” The third track from Lizzo‘s Cuz I Love You, it’s certainly one of the most anticipated, with the relative newcomer (Lizzo’s debut record came out in 2013) teaming up with a hip-hop icon for a fiery, dynamic duet.
Tame Impala: Patience
Straying a bit from his familiar take on psych-pop, Tame Impala (aka Kevin Parker) has returned with “Patience.” Led by a piano sequence that swirls into a disco beat, Parker appears and carries the euphoric track through various phases—drums come and go (as does the piano), while synths interject at the song’s highest points. “I’m just growing up in stages,” he sings—an apt lyric for Parker’s first solo tune since 2015’s Currents.
Flume: Hi This Is Flume (Mixtape Visualizer)
For his first release since 2017, electronic artist Flume taps fellow Aussie Jonathan Zawada for a 42+ minute visual for Hi This Is Flume. Though the release is available to stream on all platforms, it’s most powerful when experienced alongside the Zawada-directed video. Complete with lucid digital renderings and eclectic live-action scenes, the cuts accentuate the insanity of Flume’s music—it’s frantic and enveloping, but when the chaos ends the listener surfaces anew.
Louis Cole: Doing The Things (Short Song)
Instantly recognizable as a Louis Cole bop, the delightful “Doing The Things (Short Song)” has just been released—and is also a teaser for the upcoming Live Sesh and Xtra Songs EP, which is due out on 5 April. Melting together funk, pop and so much more, the track is off-kilter in the best possible way. The LA-based singer/songwriter/producer and multi-instrumentalist is also heading out on tour—from Paris to Buenos Aires.
Jamila Woods: Eartha
Part homage to the great Eartha Kitt, part ode to self-love, Jamila Woods’ newest single “Eartha” (from her forthcoming album LEGACY! LEGACY! out 10 May on Jagjaguwar) is a soulful, slow ride. Though it’s anchored by the depth of Woods’ vocals, the instrumental—comprised of drums, keys, drum pad and some electronic chords—shines. “Who’s gonna share my love for me with me?” she sings on the song’s outro, backed by a lively beat.
Emily Wells: Come on Doom, Let’s Party
Backed by clips of climate crisis, protest and dance, Emily Wells appears front and center in the video for her newest single, “Come on Doom, Let’s Party.” Surrounded by strings, echoed synths and drums, Wells sings with forlorn longing. “My movements are actions of love, mimicry, isolated protest. My movements illustrate willful blindness. My movements illustrate a willingness to see. My movements illustrate a fury and a sorrow at the prognosis for our planet,” she writes about the song and video. The pair form an odd and artful scene, and the result is powerful and poignant.
Mitski: Let’s Get Married (Bleachers Cover)
As part of Terrible Thrills, Vol. 3—a vinyl-only collection of covers from Bleachers’ 2017 album Gone Now—Mitski recorded a version of “Let’s Get Married.” The song is minimal but layered. It’s stripped away all the big and joyful production from the Bleachers version—which is actually how it sounded originally, according to Jack Antonoff. Since the recording will never be available digitally, it’s appeared online as an mp3, which you can listen to here.
Listen Up is published every Sunday and rounds up the new music we found throughout the week. Hear the year so far on our Spotify channel.