“LUV (I KNOW I WANT THIS FOR REAL)” is another ’80s-inflected jam from singer-songwriter Q (aka Q Steve Marsden). Following the thread of his previous singles “TODAY” and “STEREO DRIVER“, the latest track encapsulates Marsden’s genre-defying panache: it’s retro with synths and an alluring, compressed beat but remains contemporary. With the artist’s soulful vocals and robust percussion, the single is a lush bop.

The Pointer Sisters: Dare Me

Anita Pointer, a founding member of beloved girl group The Pointer Sisters, has passed away at 74 years old. Formed in Oakland under the name “Pointers, a Pair” in 1969 by sisters June and Bonnie Pointer, the band coalesced into a trio when Anita joined. They released their debut self-titled album in 1973, but it was in during the ’80s that The Pointer Sisters found their …

Jessica Winter: Funk This Up

Jessica Winter shares a glimpse of her upcoming EP Limerence with the new single “Funk This Up.” The catchy, ’80s-inflected pop song grooves upon hard synths, haunting falsettos and heavy breathing. Lyrically, it sees the artist and producer conversing with herself as she oscillates between opposing identities, which the accompanying Ella Margolin-directed music video delightfully captures, as it becomes as unconventional as the banger.