Mavis Staples: If All I Was Was Black

The title track from Mavis Staples’ forthcoming album (out 17 November), “If All I Was Was Black” confronts not only racism the singer faced in her eight decades of performing, but also the violence she witnesses today in racial conflict. Written in collaboration with longtime friend and Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy, the track (and the album’s other songs) aims to “bring us all together as …

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FKA Twigs under the bedsheets, Snarky Puppy serves up a banquet of guest collabs, and Blackalicious is back in this week's music

FKA Twigs: Good to Love Resembling something a closer to a ballad than we’re used to from her, FKA Twigs’ brand new song “Good to Love” is her most intimate yet. With a close-up, personal (yet exquisitely stylized, like every Twigs production) black-and-white video (which she co-directed with Imma) to match, the track builds with background vocals and dramatic cadence that never overtakes the simple, …

Mavis Staples: Action

With decades of soul behind a voice that first reached the radio in 1950, Mavis Staples’ latest single Action—penned by the potent rocker Merrill Garbus of Tune-Yards—manages to be relevant, informed and beautiful. Off her forthcoming album Livin’ on a High Note, which sees the icon collaborating with some of indie music’s top talent, the track aims to inspire bravery but invokes plenty of fun …