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A disco-pop bop, retro soul sounds, Afrobeat and more of our favorite music from the week

SZA: 2AM Celebrating the fifth anniversary of her critically acclaimed album Ctrl, SZA released a deluxe edition of the LP which features seven unreleased songs, including the long-awaited “2AM.” The soulful track, which gained popularity on the internet since 2016, flips PARTYNEXTDOOR and Drake’s “Come and See Me” to a woman’s perspective. Infusing her own raw, poetic vocals and distinct style, SZA makes the slow-burning …

Marci: Terminal

Marci—aka TOPS’ keyboardist Marta Cikojevic—finds catharsis on “Terminal,” a breezy disco-pop single from the artist’s forthcoming self-titled debut solo album, out 5 August. The track, produced by TOPS bandmate David Carrier, shines through grooving guitar, danceable percussion and entrancing keys. Cikojevic says, “‘Terminal’ is my joke vapid lingo about being dead because something is soooo cool. The song is about how music can be so …

Yelle: Je T’aime Encore

“It’s a love letter to our country France,” dance-pop duo Yelle (Julie Budet and Jean-François Perrier) explain of their new single, “Je T’aime Encore,” the first release from their fourth studio album, expected in September. The love letter, of course, is a complicated one—writhing atop danceable but classical French pop chords and a syncopated beat. The intimate, transfixing music video (directed by fashion documentary filmmaker …