A song for your younger self, a rap-dance hybrid, and more in this week's musical wrap up

Louis Cole feat. Genevieve Artadi: When You’re Ugly With some of the most sage advice we’ve heard (“Fuck the world and be real cool”) Louis Cole’s new track “When You’re Ugly” is funky, playful and kooky—in the the best ways possible. Singer/songwriter/producer/instrumentalist Cole (Knower band member, Thundercat collaborator) is set to release his third LP Time this August, and it’s sure to be as infectious …

Chaka Khan: Like Sugar

The Queen of Funk, Chaka Khan has returned with “Like Sugar,” her first new music since 2007’s Funk This. Produced by Major Lazer’s Switch (who also put out a remix of the track), the super-funky tune builds off a classic dance beat. This undeniable bop proves that Khan (who is touring this summer) is just as groovy as she always has been.

Christine and the Queens feat. Dâm-Funk: Girlfriend

French pop singer/songwriter/producer Christine and the Queens (aka Héloïse Letissier) has teamed up with Pasadena-based funk master Dâm-Funk (aka Damon Garrett Riddick) for the new track “Girlfriend.” Letissier says the song was born out of her fixation with masculinity, saying, “I became obsessed with this idea of the macho man, and still being a woman. What does it mean if I’m this figure, and I’m …


New music from the incredible Janelle Monáe, Alexis Taylor (of Hot Chip), Garden City Movement, Starchild + the New Romantic and more

Janelle Monáe: Make Me Feel Today Janelle Monáe shared two tracks from her forthcoming album Dirty Computer, her first LP in five years. Both are accompanied by vivid narrative videos, the first of which is “Make Me Feel.” Beyond visually stunning, the videos are part of a larger Monáe project called “Emotion Picture.” The first track featured is a timeliness zinger and the video just …

Starchild + the New Romantic: Can I Come Over?

Starchild + the New Romantic (aka Bryndon Cook) delivers wild, exploratory funk with his latest release “Can I Come Over?” His falsetto stirs the soul while the instrumentation keeps the vibe quite sexy. It’s a playful and enjoyably substantial number. Starchild’s album Language release 23 February on Ghostly International.