The James Hunter Six: Never

Out from Daptone Records, The James Hunter Six’s soulful new single “Never” precedes the Grammy-nominated English artist’s forthcoming album, With Love (out 14 February). A ballad of heartfelt lyrics and enveloping melodies, the smooth track exists outside of time or place—allowing anyone with an affection for love songs to appreciate it.

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A nine-movement jazz piece, Moroccan blues, a complex collage of sounds and more musical delights

Zo! + Tall Black Guy feat. Phonte, Darien Brockington + Muhsinah: Hold My Hand Musicians and producers Zo! (aka Lorenzo Ferguson) and Tall Black Guy (aka Terrel Wallace) joined forces for the recently released Abstractions and from it comes the breezy “Hold My Hand.” The duo is responsible for all production and instrumentation, while the honeyed vocals come courtesy of Muhsinah, Darien Brockington and Phonte. The …

Innov Gnawa: El Ghaba

Innov Gnawa’s new seven-minute single “El Ghaba” emphasizes the group’s North African roots. Hailing from Morocco, now based in NYC, the band (Ma’alem Hassan Ben Jaafer, Amino Belyamani and Ahmed Jeriouda) focuses on a genre known as Gnawa (sometimes called “Sufi Blues”), qraqeb-based music with vocal “prayers invoking saints and spirits for freedom and liberation.” Daptone co-founder Gabriel Roth produced the group’s forthcoming album, Lila, …