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Jazzy spoken-word, a beloved R&B ballad, a soulful lament and more new music

Yaya Bey: on the pisces moon The second single from Yaya Bey’s upcoming EP, Exodus the North Star, “on the pisces moon” is a buoyant, reggae-tinged track about making the most of the love and time we have. “Two things for certain / the night is ours for the taking / the love is ours for the making,” she sings on the breezy tune. The …

Musiq Soulchild: is it love, is it lies

From Musiq Soulchild’s new Hit-Boy-produced album, Victims & Villains, “is it love, is it lies” brims with soaring harmonies, piano loops and dramatic percussion. Soulful and buoyant, it’s an enchanting neo-soul track that, a little over halfway through, transforms into a jazzy spoken-word piece.