Hope Tala: Tiptoeing

From London-based singer-songwriter Hope Tala comes a bossa nova-tinged R&B track, “Tiptoeing.” The buoyant, layered tune (produced in collaboration with Greg Kurstin) is “about the dance we do when we’re at the threshold of romance,” Tala says. “It’s about treading carefully when you’re not quite sure what the other person is feeling, but desperately wanting to take a risk because you’re young and life is …

Noname: Rainforest

Noname’s new track “Rainforest” remains true to her staunchly anti-capitalist spirit while referencing the vulnerabilities, conundrums and joys that can exist alongside those beliefs. Over a jazzy, bossa nova beat, she name-checks Marxist political philosopher Frantz Fanon and Huey P Newton’s Revolutionary Suicide, questions how we can champion billionaires, and notes how capitalism is inherently racist. “Dyin’ on stolen land for a dollar like that …

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Sampa The Great: OMG From Zambia-born and Sydney-based Sampa The Great’s forthcoming debut album, Return (out 13 September), “OMG” is an upbeat and eclectic anthem. The track’s artful video, which was directed by Sanjay De Silva, is set in South Africa and is an apt accompaniment to Sampa’s cadence. Dripping in confidence, she reminds former friends, forlorn lovers and foes that you never know what …