Bad Bunny + Bomba Estéreo: Ojitos Lindos

Simultaneously mellow and vibrant, “Ojitos Lindos” by Puerto Rican artist Bad Bunny (aka Benito Antonio Martínez Ocasio) and Colombian duo Bomba Estéreo perfectly combines the styles of both. Imbued with tropical, psychedelic cumbia, reggaeton, latin and pop influences, the track (produced by Tainy) feels sun-drenched. “I’m really happy with this collaboration. It was a really fluid and natural conversation,” Bomba Estéreo’s vocalist Li Saumet says. …

Betty Davis: They Say I’m Different

Singer, songwriter, musician, producer and oft-overlooked funk pioneer Betty Davis has passed away at 77. Davis has been widely credited with inspiring then-husband Miles Davis to embark on his landmark jazz fusion era by introducing him to psychedelic rock and funk, but she was an icon in her own right—and one of the first Black women acknowledged for writing, arranging and producing her albums. She …

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Silky, sultry, soulful and psych-inflected new songs from the week

Ruthven: Don’t Keep It To Yourself Released on Jai and AK Paul’s label-meets-collective Paul Institute, Ruthven’s hypnotic “Don’t Keep It To Yourself” is a spacious, slinky and sultry track about pillow talk and secrets—”bedroom feels,” the UK-based singer-songwriter and musician says. Blending elements of future funk, ’80s R&B and more, Ruthven (aka Sean Nelson) effortlessly transitions between delicate falsetto and big, soulful pop vocals. MICHELLE: …