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From the surreal to the sublime, experimental and ethereal, our favorite songs from the week

BENEE: Blu BENEE’s surreal new single, “Blu,” arrives with a music video wherein she (aka Stella Bennett) puts on a performance aimed at unsettling its sole attendee (and all those watching on a screen). The lyrics suggest this lonely guest, who’s eventually held hostage and forced to watch a video of himself on stage, is an ex—specifically one that was unaware of how awful they’d …

James Blake: I’ll Come Too

Pulled from James Blake’s Grammy nominated 2019 album Assume Form, “I’ll Come Too” details love and its boundlessness. From following a lover to a new city to promising to be better for the sake of the relationship, the repetition of lyricism—sometimes metaphoric and other times literal—reinforces a familiar plot. But, rather than pair the song with an expected music video, Blake tapped Matt Meech, an …

Andre 3000 + James Blake: Me&My (To Bury Your Parents)

Yesterday André 3000 (aka André Benjamin) released two surprise tracks—both created in collaboration with James Blake—”Me&My (To Bury Your Parents)” and “Look Ma No Hands.” Both tracks (the latter which is a 17-minute instrumental) are dedicated to his mother, Sharon Benjamin Hodo (who passed away in 2013) and feature Benjamin on the bass clarinet. The piano-driven “Me&My (To Bury Your Parents)” is a sweet reminder …