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 …

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Sampa The Great: OMG From Zambia-born and Sydney-based Sampa The Great’s forthcoming debut album, Return (out 13 September), “OMG” is an upbeat and eclectic anthem. The track’s artful video, which was directed by Sanjay De Silva, is set in South Africa and is an apt accompaniment to Sampa’s cadence. Dripping in confidence, she reminds former friends, forlorn lovers and foes that you never know what …

BANKS: Sawzall

From BANKS’ latest album, iii (out now on Harvest Records), “Sawzall” is a delicate dreampop tune that floats along delicately until it bellows into industrial drum-heavy and autotune-drenched electronics—with ’80s-era harps sprinkled on top. Despite all these elements at play, careful attention should be paid to BANKS’ elastic vocals, as the lyrics tell an emotional tale of love, loss and guilt.