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From dance-ready hip-hop to stunning indie-pop and a fantastical video, some of our favorite music from the week

Tiwa Savage: 49-99 Nigeria-born Tiwa Savage offers a poignant single about the plight of citizens from her home country in “49-99.” The title references Fela Kuti’s 1978 song “Shuffering and Shmiling,” which addresses the lack of resources in underserved communities—especially with the line “49 sitting, 99 standing” about riding the bus. In contrast, Savage’s tune is about coming up, garnering the notoriety and means to …

Celeste: Strange

Haunting and delicate, Celeste’s “Strange” spotlights the artist’s vocal prowess atop a sparse, string-adorned instrumental. It’s cinematic and utterly heartbreaking upon closer listening. “Isn’t it strange? / how people can change / from strangers to friends / friends into lovers / and strangers again,” she sings. The accompanying video, has its highs and lows—the camera zooms and then recedes, sometimes cutting to black in a …

Moonchild: What You’re Doing

LA-based trio Moonchild’s latest album Little Ghost lines up one soulful, emotive and beat-driven track after another—to a great, cohesive sonic effect. The latest single “What You’re Doing” stands among the best, epitomizing their unique blend of experimental R&B, neo-soul and funk. It’s easy to love—and easier to dream along to.

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