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From synth-pop to house and a Liz Phair cover, some of our favorite tracks from this week

Sudan Archives: Confessions Sudan Archives (aka Cincinnati-born, LA-based Brittney Parks) returns with a single from her forthcoming album Athena—out 1 November on Stones Throw Records. Beginning with emotive violin, played by Parks herself, the song’s infectious beat and breezy vocals then appear. The result is simultaneously symphonic, hypnotic, mellow and proudly feminine—and the Nathan R Smith-directed video follows suit. “Confessions, a female flip on classic rap …

Samia: Never Said

Last year, Liz Phair’s seminal debut album, Exile In Guyville turned 25. The anniversary offered time to reflect on the influence Phair had on her peers and the industry as a whole. Now, New York-based musician Samia has released a beautiful cover of Phair’s track “Never Said.” It’s gentler than the original but equally captivating. Samia directed the accompanying black-and-white music video, along with actors Lucas …

Prince: Manic Monday

While it’s fairly common pop knowledge that Prince wrote “Manic Monday”—which ended up being a breakout tune for The Bangles—almost nobody (except the band) had heard his 1984 demo, until now. Along with archival footage of Prince rehearsing for his Purple Rain tour (which occurred the same year he wrote “Manic Monday,” and countless other songs), the original version has been released—some 35 years later. …