Micropixie: The Universal (Blur Cover)

One of seminal English act Blur’s most beloved tunes, “The Universal” gets a fresh take from Micropixie, aka Neshma Friend. The cover carries the pressing intention of the original, but layers vocals and instrumentation in a refreshing, albeit loyal way. Friend has an album, Dark Sight of the Moon, coming out 8 March.

Masego: Favorite Tings

The multi-talented Masego has released a surprising single commissioned by Amazon. “Favorite Tings” is a sped-up, soulful rendition of The Sound of Music‘s “My Favorite Things.” The holiday-adjacent tune gets a saxophone solo, a bit of a drumbeat and Masego’s masterful voice. For the 25-year-old, the vintage stylings feel natural—something he further invokes in the music video. Dressed in red velvet, and surrounded by green velvet curtains, he …

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From Sky Ferreira to Jungle and Neneh Cherry, a diverse array of new music this week

Jungle: Cherry London-based duo Jungle (Tom McFarland and Josh Lloyd-Watson) says their second studio record For Ever is intended to sound like a “post-apocalyptic radio station playing break-up songs.” From the album comes “Cherry,” which is combines neo-soul, a funky bass line, falsetto vocals and the glorious mantra “You’re never gonna change me / I was already changing.” The result is infectious, and the music …