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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 …

Lido Pimienta: Eso Que Tu Haces

Lido Pimienta (who won the 2017 Polaris Prize for her debut album, La Papessa) has returned with a radiant song from her second album, Miss Colombia. Colombia-born and Toronto-based Pimienta combines soulful synth-pop, international rhythms and pretty vocals within her music. “Eso Que Tu Haces” (translated: “That thing you do / Is not love”) is no exception. Clapping percussion keeps the pace, as synth arrangements …

FKJ: Ylang Ylang

From FKJ’s EP of the same name, “Ylang Ylang” grows into a sprawling arrangement of strings, grand piano, and ambient vocals, courtesy of elusive singer ((( O ))) (aka June Marieezy). The producer, French multi-instrumentalist Vincent Fenton, can be seen in the accompanying video playing the piano in extravagant locales, from the center of a lush forest to the edge of the ocean at rising …