Shura: The Stage

From London-born and Brooklyn-based artist Shura (aka Alexandra Denton) comes “The Stage,” a disco-influenced alt-pop tune about a date—specifically, her first with her current girlfriend. “And we’re done with music / so if you’re assuming / you’re coming back with me / then maybe yes you can,” she sings. It’s glitzy, romantic and reflective of plenty of influences (and events). Shura’s second album (which follows …

Friendly Fires: Silhouettes

Their third release this year, “Silhouettes” solidifies the very welcome return of UK band Friendly Fires—aka Ed Macfarlane, Edd Gibson and Jack Savidge. The song, from their upcoming LP Inflorescent (their first in eight years), is upbeat and full of tropical vibes. With bongoes and a nod to Brazilian disco, this is a summery jam that will surely incite sweaty, poolside dance parties.

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Michael Kiwanuka feat. Tom Misch: Money British artists Michael Kiwanuka and Tom Misch connect on an infectious track that’s heavily influenced by disco and funk. “I think I want everything,” Kiwanuka calls out at the track’s start. The tune is fun at heart, but as the breakdown begins, Kiwanuka chimes again, this time noting, “I’m spending without being ashamed / spending ’cause I’m all alone.” …