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 …

Anderson Paak: Bubblin

With a little extra drama than his usual offerings, Anderson Paak’s new track “Bubblin” features some sweeping violins over a trap beat—creating a little contrast and cinematic flair. The rapper/singer/songwriter/producer’s raspy and playful vocals bounce over the booming bass, while the accompanying video stars Paak—and a cash machine.

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 …

Patrick Paige II: Voodoo

Patrick Paige II (also bassist/producer for The Internet) is set to release his debut album (which he has been working on for three years) Letters of Irrelevance later this month, and from it comes “Voodoo,” a lush, sexy tune that’s influenced by ’90s neo-soul without sounding like a throwback. This rich, hazy and slinky tune hints at a tremendous record, for which Paige will offer …