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Post-punk, jazz, hip-hop, some '90s rave nostalgia and more new music from this week

Romy: Lifetime Romy Madley-Croft of The xx offers her first-ever official solo material (under the moniker Romy) with the uplifting “Lifetime”—a song featuring her familiar silken vocals over soaring synths. Written during lockdown, it tells a story of togetherness. “I think subconsciously the upbeat energy of the song is a reaction to the stillness and anxiety I was feeling in lockdown. I was missing the …

Potatohead People + De La Soul feat. Posdnous + Kapok: Baby Got Work

For “Baby Got Work,” the second single from Mellow Fantasy by Potatohead People (aka production duo Nick Wisdom and AstroLogical), the Vancouver-based outfit tapped vocalist Kapok and hip-hop legend Posdnous of De La Soul. The lyrics tell the story of putting in work to make change, atop a jazzy melody replete with horns, keys, a funky bass line and an over-arching mellowness.


Ethereal offerings from Massive Attack, The White Stripes and De La Soul, and more music this week

Mac Miller feat. Anderson .Paak: Dang! Thanks in no small part to a sublime hook from Anderson .Paak (whose gorgeous LP Malibu was released in January), Mac Miller’s new track “Dang!” is probably his best yet. The super-groovy tune (which is the lead single from his upcoming record The Feminine Divine) taps into some timeless funk to deliver a summery, breezy vibe. The colorful, retro-tinged …