Brittany Howard: History Repeats

This track is the first single from Alabama Shakes vocalist Brittany Howard’s new solo venture and forthcoming album, Jaime, due out 20 September. Howard is best known for the soulful and bellowing persona she embodies on the band’s tracks, but here her style is more experimental and expressive. “It’s about me. I’m pretty candid about myself and who I am and what I believe. Which is …

Zayn Malik: I Won’t Mind

While plenty of music snobs have dismissed One Direction as saccharine pop for tweens (who many also like to believe have terrible taste), the recent departure of 1D member Zayn Malik—and the news that he has been working on solo material—has intrigued anybody with an interest in pop music. Malik’s debut track “I Don’t Mind” (produced by Naughty Boy) is a pared-down folk-tinged song, with …