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Little Simz: Introvert Little Simz (aka Simbiatu Ajikawo) makes a powerful return with “Introvert” from her upcoming album Sometimes I Might Be Introvert. “I’m not into politics, but I know it’s dark times,” she raps over an expansive orchestral opening before the dramatic song explodes into a soaring political anthem. Exploring inner turmoil and exterior catastrophes, “Introvert” triumphs with arresting moments about identity, unity and …

Jessie Ware: Please

Jessie Ware announced the deluxe version of her divine disco-pop album What’s Your Pleasure? along with the release of “Please.” It’s one of the many songs that didn’t make the record (Ware initially wrote between 40 and 50 for the project) but it oozes that same lush, glittery, disco vibe—along with squiggly synths, spacey bleeps and tinges of ’90s house. She says in a statement, …

Tkay Maidza: 24k

Tkay Maidza’s upbeat “24k” appears on the Australian artist’s newest EP, Last Year Was Weird, Vol. 2. An electronic, infectious house tune, it comes accompanied by a Nicholas Muecke-directed video that matches Maidza’s energy, pairing dimly lit dance scenes in boxing rings with fisheye lensed performances in warehouses. The third installment of her Last Year Was Weird series is due next year.