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Neo-soul, blues, hip-hop, pop and more in this week's bops

King Princess: Pussy is God With equal parts sweetness and swagger, King Princess (aka Mikaela Straus) has crafted an incredibly satisfying and infectious bop with “Pussy is God.” The singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist/producer’s new track is glittery and polished, with plenty of synths and boom-bap percussion, but shies away from becoming overly saccharine or twee. It’s a delightfully catchy, perky pop song celebrating queer love. Earl Sweatshirt: Nowehere2go After plenty of teasing …

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New D'Angelo, a jazzy Joy Division cover, music from Brainfeeder's compilation and more

Hot 8 Brass Band: Love Will Tear Us Apart (Joy Division Cover) The NOLA-based Hot 8 Brass Band has released a cover of Joy Division‘s “Love Will Tear Us Apart,” and it’s a sparking jazz tune. The song, which sounds like a rush of 1,000 horns, comes in the band’s 23rd year—they’ve been together since 1993, and though not all founding members are with the …

D’Angelo: May I?

Perhaps surprisingly, the just-released Western-themed video game Red Dead Redemption 2 has included a new song by D’Angelo on its soundtrack. In fact, it’s still unconfirmed if it’s actually D’Angelo, but it sounds almost unmistakably like him. If the song—known under various titles, including “May I? (On the Run)” and “May I? (Standing Unshaken)”—is indeed his, it’s the first from D’Angelo since his sublime 2014 album Black …