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Ana Roxanne: Suite pour l’invisible From LA-based ambient musician Ana Roxanne’s upcoming Because of a Flower (out 13 November) comes the lush and languid “Suite pour l’invisible.” With sparse and delicate vocals, the tranquil tune is the first from the album, which centers on “gender identity, beauty and cruelty.” Themes and sounds informed by “the experience of identifying as intersex” (which Roxanne publicly imparted last …

Verzuz Battles Badu v Scott Hoodie

One of the most watched and positively charged Verzuz battles of the year, Erykah Badu and Jill Scott’s glorious session aired in May this year. Brimming with appreciation for one another, neo-soul queens Badu and Scott traded songs, stories and praise during the three-hour set, creating visceral reactions of joy and healing from viewers. To mark the virtual event, Badu released several pieces of apparel, including …

Bilal: DAY THREE – Voyage to a New World

Across a sprawling six minutes, Bilal’s “DAY THREE – Voyage to a New World” features a slew of talented artists including Erykah Badu, Nick Hakim, Madison McFerrin, Robert Glasper and others. Opening with birdsong and Badu’s poetry, the tune begins as a kind of meditation before taking various twists and turns. Distorted vocals and chaotic percussion lead to a lush, soulful flute-laden melody that soon …