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Classic hip-hop, experimental soundscapes, sample-heavy tunes and more in our musical round-up

Rapsody: Ibtihaj Named for Ibtihaj Muhammad (the first American to wear a hijab when competing for the USA in the Olympics), new single “Ibtihaj,” from North Carolina rapper Rapsody, heavily samples GZA’s “Liquid Swords” and also features the Wu Tang member. Unlike the 1995 track, this release includes the immediately recognizable vocals of D’Angelo. The infectious groove will appear on Rapsody’s upcoming album EVE, which …

Sig Nu Gris: To Un​-​know

Melbourne-based sound designer Sig Nu Gris has just released her rich and textured “To Un-know”—an enthralling, jungle-inflected ambient tune. The track is equal parts dreamy, distorted and haunting, with a vocal sample weaving in and out along the way. “To Un-Know” is her debut release (care of Spirit Level) and she says, “When making music, part of me tries to create something that will tickle …

Jungle: Cherry

London-based duo Jungle (Tom McFarland and Josh Lloyd-Watson) says their second studio record For Ever is intended to sound like a “post-apocalyptic radio station playing break-up songs.” From the album comes “Cherry,” which is combines neo-soul, a funky bass line, falsetto vocals and the glorious mantra “You’re never gonna change me / I was already changing.” The result is infectious, and the music video only …