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Classic hip-hop, experimental soundscapes, sample-heavy tunes and more in our musical round-up

Rapsody: Ibtihaj Named for Ibtihaj Muhammad (the first American to wear a hijab when competing for the USA in the Olympics), new single “Ibtihaj,” from North Carolina rapper Rapsody, heavily samples GZA’s “Liquid Swords” and also features the Wu Tang member. Unlike the 1995 track, this release includes the immediately recognizable vocals of D’Angelo. The infectious groove will appear on Rapsody’s upcoming album EVE, which …

Premiere: “All Eyes on You” by Active Child

We speak to the artist about his stirring video, with choreography by Jillian Meyers

Active Child‘s beguiling video for “All Eyes on You” is, apart from a single in 2017, his first new music to be released in five years. Working with director Isaac Ravishankara and choreographer Jillian Meyers, Active Child (aka Pat Grossi) perfectly aligns the stirring video to his exquisite, otherworldly music. Depicting two people (dancers Reshma Gajjar and Larkin Poynton) in a dimly lit parking lot, …

Sig Nu Gris: To Un​-​know

Melbourne-based sound designer Sig Nu Gris has just released her rich and textured “To Un-know”—an enthralling, jungle-inflected ambient tune. The track is equal parts dreamy, distorted and haunting, with a vocal sample weaving in and out along the way. “To Un-Know” is her debut release (care of Spirit Level) and she says, “When making music, part of me tries to create something that will tickle …