fold: Teacher

Over fold’s jazzy new instrumental, a recording of James Baldwin’s moving 1963 speech given at Oakland, CA’s Castlemont High School plays. The speech, for predominantly black students, is about education and self-worth, and begins, “If I were your teacher, I’d beg you to fight me and not let me get away with anything.” The psych- and funk-infused “Teacher” layers several organic movements—and works seamlessly with …

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From a transcendent acoustic rework to a dance-worthy remix and beyond, our weekly musical round-up

serpentwithfeet: bless ur heart (acoustic) Brooklyn-based artist serpentwithfeet (aka Josiah Wise) breathes new life into “bless ur heart” with a just-released acoustic rendition. From Wise’s LP soil, the original and highly theatrical track sheds its layers as Wise lets his delicate vocals rise in a tender, moving and transcendent way. Your Smith: The Spot (Young & Sick Remix) Your Smith (aka LA-based singer/songwriter Caroline Smith) released her debut EP, Bad Habit, …

Poppy Ackroyd: Paper

A black and white ode to the typewriter, Poppy Ackroyd’s new video for “Paper” ensnares attention along with her mesmeric instrumentals. Regardless of how you classify Ackroyd (neo-classic and post-classic among the many options), this composition washes forward with waves of optimism. The track hails from Resolve, the musician and composer’s recently released and first full-length album.