French-Senegalese artist anaiis teams up with New Jersey-born Topaz Jones for “chuu,” a song that blends elements of contemporary hip-hop and trap with R&B and layered ethereal effects that make it feel a little otherworldly. Appearing on anaiis’ upcoming album, the song’s introspective lyrics are brought to life thanks to her mesmerizing voice.
Singer-songwriter Fana Hues released her glorious debut album Hues last year, featuring the slow-burning, delicate ballad, “Desert Flower.” Now the song gets a rework, with Hues teaming up with Mereba. Still gentle, vulnerable and ethereal, this new version includes violin (played by Hella Strings) and an arresting, almost haunting, verse from Mereba.
Multi-talented composer, musician, producer and visual artist Tycho (aka Scott Hansen) teamed up with Death Cab for Cutie’s Ben Gibbard for “Only Love,” a track that’s a seamless blend of the two artists’ sounds. The lyrics (“Only love will save this place”) are sweet, and Tycho’s glitchy effects and brilliant production round out the song into a hopeful anthem.