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Slow jams for late nights, funky R&B, lush neo-soul and more new music

Arletis: Horses NYC-born, Berlin-based Arletis samples Erykah Badu’s “On & On” for her sublime, smooth single “Horses.” Made in collaboration with DJ and record producer Suff Daddy, the song borrows elements from neo-soul and old-school R&B to create a sultry, silken slow jam. The Last Morrell: The Party Anyone who’s ever been trapped at a party will resonate with the lyrics of London-based singer-songwriter The …

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Glamorous, meditative, intimate, powerful and buoyant new music from the week

Becky and the Birds: Paris Gentle and meditative, “Paris” by Becky and the Birds (aka singer/songwriter/producer Thea Gustafsson) was written in a hotel in the French capital, as Gustafsson couldn’t escape thoughts about a person back home in Sweden. The atmospheric tune, with distorted vocals drifting over it, appears on Gustafsson’s upcoming EP, Trasslig, which is out next month. machinegum: Kubes machinegum (the artist collective that counts …

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Sultry funk, delicate folk, '80s electronic, off-kilter pop and more of our favorite music this week

Christine and the Queens: Heart of Gold (Neil Young Cover) Christine and the Queens (aka French singer/songwriter and producer Héloïse Letissier) just released an emotive and haunting cover of Neil Young’s 1972 hit, “Heart of Gold.” With spacey blips and echoing vocals, this minimal version (with Letissier’s sublime voice the focus) diverges from the acoustic, country-meets-folk original—yet carries all the same intense yearning. Dirty Projectors: …