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The gay agenda according to Shamir, the tasty return of Kelis, a cameo by Robyn, plus more new music this week

Shamir: Gay Agenda A song about “radical acceptance internally and externally,” Shamir’s “Gay Agenda” arrives along with an engaging Jenny He-directed video in which Shamir appears in antlers and furry hooves. The singer-songwriter teamed up with Hollow Comet (of Strange Ranger) who produced the synth-laden, glitchy, distorted track. “You’re just stuck in the box that was made for me / and you’re mad that I …

Kelis: Midnight Snacks

It’s been seven years since Kelis (singer, songwriter and chef) released her glorious Food album—and she’s continuing her culinary theme with the new single “Midnight Snacks.” The beat, created by London-based, three-person production, writing, DJ and remixing team The FaNaTix, conjured up images of late-night noshing for Kelis. “I heard the beat, thought it was dope, and the first thing that came to mind was …

Kelis: Kaleidoscope 20th Anniversary Edition

20 years ago, Kelis released her game-changing debut record Kaleidoscope—an album that synthesized countless genres and dismissed all rules of R&B and pop music. With cosmic sound effects and Middle Eastern influences (among others), the production was done by The Neptunes, while Kelis bounced from rich, smoky jazzy vocals on one track, to whispering on another, and wailing and screaming on the next. This limited …