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From Sky Ferreira to Jungle and Neneh Cherry, a diverse array of new music this week

Jungle: Cherry London-based duo Jungle (Tom McFarland and Josh Lloyd-Watson) says their second studio record For Ever is intended to sound like a “post-apocalyptic radio station playing break-up songs.” From the album comes “Cherry,” which is combines neo-soul, a funky bass line, falsetto vocals and the glorious mantra “You’re never gonna change me / I was already changing.” The result is infectious, and the music …

Neneh Cherry: Kong

Singer/songwriter/rapper/DJ Neneh Cherry has teamed up with Four Tet and Massive Attack’s 3D for her first new track in three years, “Kong.” A protest song that’s concurrently an atmospheric, dub-inflected soundscape, the track is a response to the refugee crisis in Europe. The soft sound is contrasted with Cherry’s biting lyrics, “Goddamn guns and guts and bitter love still put a hole in me,” she …

Dev Hynes + Neneh Cherry: He, She, Me

A new video supporting the multi-talented Dev Hynes and Neneh Cherry’s new collaborative track “He, She, Me” strikes an ever-relevant cultural note: increase awareness of transgender identity. With magnificent choreography set to the dazzling, oft-times soothing, track and the inspired lead casting choice of the actress Hari Nef, the Kathryn Ferguson-directed video is as beautiful as it is important.