Photay Mix on Gilles Peterson Worldwide (GPWW964)

We’ve been fans of Photay, the young Woodstock, NY-raised producer Evan Shornstein, since hearing his track “No Sass”—an effortless collage of samples, relaxed grooves and soulful synths that takes you to a specially crafted other dimension. For Gilles Peterson’s show Worldwide, Photay has created a half hour mix that demonstrates his diverse influences (note: he spent a month in Guinea, West Africa to study djembe …

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An unusual love ballad from Angel Haze, D'Angelo on SNL, fresh voices from London and more in our weekly look at music

D’Angelo: Live on SNL D’Angelo sent an important, visual message in his recent SNL performance: while he sang “Really Love” dressed in high-fashion, the singer stood atop a chalk outline and donned a hoodie, and his band wore “Black Lives Matter” and “I Can’t Breathe” T-shirts for “The Charade”—one of the album’s most poignant, timely and aurally stunning songs. Angel Haze: Candlxs Rapper Angel Haze’s …

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Four Tet's jazz interpretation, Paul McCartney goes big with Kanye and more in our weekly look at the week in music

Rihanna feat. Paul McCartney and Kanye West: FourFiveSeconds It’s not every day Kanye West teams up with Sir Paul McCartney, though lately it’s been a fortnightly affair and recent developments suggest the Beatles frontman is producing West’s next album. The latest release in the admittedly odd yet harmonious partnership features Rihanna and a folksy, Western-tinged guitar riff. “FourFiveSeconds” is about as stripped-down as a pop …