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From indie-pop to samba-influenced hip-hop, a few of our favorite tracks from the week

Bakar: Hell N Back Supported by horns, Bakar’s soulful and vintage-sounding “Hell N Back” details a love story rocked by ups and downs. “Could you tell where my head was at when you found me? / Me and you went to hell and back just to find peace / Man, I thought I had everything, I was lonely / Now you’re my everything, I was …

GoldLink feat. Tyler, The Creator + Jay Prince: U Say

From GoldLink’s album Diaspora comes “U Say,” a dance-driven tune with samba and upbeat go-go influences. Featuring the record’s highest-profile collaborators—Tyler, The Creator and Jay Prince—there’s star power at play. The trio meshes together atop Ghanian Afrobeat producer Juls’ instrumental. The Santi-directed visual casts the three as the life of a dimly lit party and then the victims of a Queen of the Damned-style set-up.

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GoldLink feat. Maleek Berry + Bibi Bourelly: Zulu Screams Fusing go-go, African and Caribbean rhythms and hip-hop, “Zulu Screams” is an upbeat bop outfitted with smooth verses from GoldLink and Nigerian-Brit Maleek Berry, with vocals from singer/songwriter Bibi Bourelly (who wrote “Bitch Better Have My Money” for Rihanna). The accompanying video—directed by Meji Alabi—takes place in a dark, chaotic warehouse party and features a hologram …