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Music from a French disco pioneer, a Congolese-Belgium rapper, an American neo-soul goddess and more

Baloji: Spoiler An adroit convergence of funky jazz, French folk and traditional African music, “Spoiler” represents everything wondrous about Congolese-born, Belgium-based musician Baloji. It’s a powerful, playful track with plenty of appeal for its upbeat nature alone. That said, a thorough look at the (subtitled) lyrics reveals the song’s greater depth. “Spoiler” hails from Baloji’s forthcoming EP 64 Bits & Malachite, released 4 November on …

Ms Lauryn Hill: Rebel/Hard to Say

With a new version of her 2002 song “Rebel/Find it Hard to Say,” Ms Lauryn Hill has returned and the track is sadly more relevant than ever. The song originally appeared on Hill’s MTV Unplugged 2.0 album and was a tribute to Amadou Diallo—an unarmed black man who was shot by four NYC police officers in 1999. The song is truly stunning, but full of …

Le Sins: Bother

Casey Spooner's #PrivateJam, Darkside's final tunes, Lauryn Hill sings about racism in the US and more in the music we tweeted this week

Toro Y Moi, or Chaz Bundick, has dabbled in making dance-ier house music under the Les Sins moniker for some time, like 2012’s singles “Fetch” and “Taken.” This fall, Bundick further develops the alter-ego he’s built with a full-length LP Michael, and this week he’s shared the first single, “Bother”—an aggressive but catchy beat that echoes the repetitive style of Simian Mobile Disco’s debut album. …