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From electropop to zouk, some of our favorite songs from the week

Jonah Yano + BADBADNOTGOOD: Nervous Japan-born, Toronto-based Jonah Yano connects with BADBADNOTGOOD on a track that’s a delightful and seamless combination of their styles. Yano’s raw and relatable lyrics float comfortably atop BBNG’s rainy instrumental—one that employs acid jazz and blues. “Cigarettes make me nervous,” Yano proclaims. And it all burns smoothly until the track slips into a psychedelic spiral around the two-minute mark. Afterward, …

Carly Rae Jepsen: Too Much

Another song from Carly Rae Jepsen’s upcoming album Dedicated (out next week), “Too Much” is a minimal, sultry electro gem. While it’s downtempo compared with the previous releases from the record, the tune is still very much crafted for the dance floor—thanks to its flawless, gliding groove. As it includes two common Jepsen traits—layered, harmonized vocals and the topic of overwhelming emotions—the synth-heavy song is …

Carly Rae Jepsen: Runaways

Master of pop music Carly Rae Jepsen has released what appears to be a track she wrote for the animated film “Leap!” (for which she also offered the excellent “Cut to the Feeling”). “Runaways” isn’t like most of her previous tunes. Rather than embracing upbeat, glittery pop sensibilities, it’s a piano-based ballad about leaving everybody and everything behind… until your existence is wrapped up in …