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From funk by the late Fela Kuti to a jubilant pop track and a haunting hip-hop song, a few of our favorite tracks from the week

Fela Kuti + Roy Ayers: 2000 Blacks Got To Be Free (Edit) Originally released in 1980 but taken out of print in 1989, “2000 Blacks Got To Be Free” first appeared on Music of Many Colors, a collaborative record between Fela Kuti and Roy Ayers. The two toured together, and sought to put a capstone on the experience with this release. Mixing Ayers’ vocals and …

Rufus Wainwright: Trouble in Paradise

“Drum beats herald a romp through the inner mind of a bob-haired fashion doyenne on her drive from the town to the country,” Rufus Wainwright says of his single “Trouble in Paradise.” The clever track is a taste of the artist’s forthcoming album, expected out in 2020—his first in the pop genre since 2012’s Mark Ronson-produced Out of the Game. With production by Mitchell Froom, …

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Rufus Wainwright's protest song covered by Lily Allen, new music by Goldfrapp, Thundercat teams up with a couple of icons and more

Lily Allen: Going To a Town (Rufus Wainwright Cover) Covering Rufus Wainwright’s stunning 2007 song “Going To a Town,” Lily Allen has remained faithful to the original, while adding her own levels of heartbreak. The accompanying video features scenes from current protests concerning Trump, Brexit, racism, islamophobia, refugees and immigration. While Allen’s version is pared-down, it delivers the same amount of pathos (thanks in part …