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Neo-soul, blues, hip-hop, pop and more in this week's bops

King Princess: Pussy is God With equal parts sweetness and swagger, King Princess (aka Mikaela Straus) has crafted an incredibly satisfying and infectious bop with “Pussy is God.” The singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist/producer’s new track is glittery and polished, with plenty of synths and boom-bap percussion, but shies away from becoming overly saccharine or twee. It’s a delightfully catchy, perky pop song celebrating queer love. Earl Sweatshirt: Nowehere2go After plenty of teasing …

Jacob Banks: Slow Up

Nigerian-born, England-based Jacob Banks‘ “Slow Up” is a brooding, emotional tune from his debut album Village—out now on Interscope Records. The accompanying music video depicts children playing with their parents, scenes of them aging, and sometimes appearing in danger. “Don’t you grow up on me / slow up on me,” Banks sings, over the minimal but powerful soundscape. Banks is currently on a European tour and will perform throughout North …

D’Angelo: May I?

Perhaps surprisingly, the just-released Western-themed video game Red Dead Redemption 2 has included a new song by D’Angelo on its soundtrack. In fact, it’s still unconfirmed if it’s actually D’Angelo, but it sounds almost unmistakably like him. If the song—known under various titles, including “May I? (On the Run)” and “May I? (Standing Unshaken)”—is indeed his, it’s the first from D’Angelo since his sublime 2014 album Black …