Neneh Cherry: Kong

Singer/songwriter/rapper/DJ Neneh Cherry has teamed up with Four Tet and Massive Attack’s 3D for her first new track in three years, “Kong.” A protest song that’s concurrently an atmospheric, dub-inflected soundscape, the track is a response to the refugee crisis in Europe. The soft sound is contrasted with Cherry’s biting lyrics, “Goddamn guns and guts and bitter love still put a hole in me,” she …

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A beautiful tune by Blood Orange, mesmerizing music from Muna Ileiwat and more

Muna Ileiwat: Baby Hypnotic, methodic and measured, London-based Muna Ileiwat’s “Baby” is a slow-burning tune that builds beautifully—layer upon layer. With a sharp staccato rhythm at times, the song is balanced with Ileiwat’s smooth and seemingly effortless vocals. VRWRK: Different Crowd London electronic trio VRWRK offers another taste of their forthcoming debut album On The Outside with the video for “Different Crowd.” From the sun …

Peter Fenn: Most Days

Peter Fenn’s jazz-inflected R&B tune “Most Days” is about the familiar, internal conflict between liking someone and wanting to be single. The minimal arrangement and pared-back nature of the track contribute to its breezy, vintage feel, as Fenn ponders “I don’t want nothin’ to do with love, most days / if that means being by myself / always being lonely, that’s OK / I don’t …

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Twin Shadow channels Tom Petty, plus new jams by Matt & Kim, Lou Phelps and more

Lou Phelps feat. Jazz Cartier: Come Inside Canadian rapper Lou Phelps joins forces with KAYTRANADA (who also happens to be his brother) and Jazz Cartier for the buoyant bop “Come Inside.” Seemingly crafted for a summertime outdoor dance floor, the tune is bouncy and sunny. Phelps borrows some lines from Missy Elliott’s “I’m Really Hot” and name-checks Rick James, while maintaining a smooth, effortless flow. …

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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 …