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Heady teases of psychedelia, glittering synths, celebratory reggae and more music from the week

Toots & The Maytals: Funky Kingston Singer-songwriter for Toots & The Maytals, multi-instrumentalist and reggae pioneer Frederick “Toots” Hibbert has passed away in Kingston, Jamaica—the birthplace of the music he helped create. His 1968 song “Do The Reggay” remains widely believed to be the first to namecheck reggae (at the time a fledgling genre influenced by mento—Jamaican folk music that combines elements from Africa and …

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New music from Montreal, Jamaica, Denmark and England this week

Protoje feat. Popcaan: Like Royalty Grammy-nominated reggae singer-songwriter Protoje (aka Oje Ken Ollivierre) taps fellow Jamaican recording artist Popcaan for “Like Royalty” from his recently released album. “The song is about letting my people know that, as long as I’m healthy and strong, they have nothing to worry about,” Protoje said in a statement accompanying the track. Popcaan provides contrasting vocals, but the duo works …

Szim: Dårlig Til At Svare

Translating to “bad at responding,” Danish musician Szim’s “Dårlig Til At Svare” combines rap and pop to create an upbeat, dynamic, club-friendly track. While those who don’t speak Danish won’t understand the lyrics, the song boasts a blithe, buoyant energy that transcends language.