Jacob Banks: Slow Up

Nigerian-born, England-based Jacob Banks‘ “Slow Up” is a brooding, emotional tune from his debut album Village—out now on Interscope Records. The accompanying music video depicts children playing with their parents, scenes of them aging, and sometimes appearing in danger. “Don’t you grow up on me / slow up on me,” Banks sings, over the minimal but powerful soundscape. Banks is currently on a European tour and will perform throughout North …

D’Angelo: May I?

Perhaps surprisingly, the just-released Western-themed video game Red Dead Redemption 2 has included a new song by D’Angelo on its soundtrack. In fact, it’s still unconfirmed if it’s actually D’Angelo, but it sounds almost unmistakably like him. If the song—known under various titles, including “May I? (On the Run)” and “May I? (Standing Unshaken)”—is indeed his, it’s the first from D’Angelo since his sublime 2014 album Black …

Naomi Banks: Anything

Neo-soul and electronic collide beautifully in Naomi Banks’ new track “Anything.” Over the course of the three and a half minutes, her voice builds from a tender, jazzy croon to an immensely powerful howl—alongside a tune that combines minimal piano with a squelchy bass line and clashing drum machines. While all this genre-bending and blending might sound messy in writing, the result is a textured …

Listen Up

A dreamy tune from Girlpool, Yoko Ono's new take on "Imagine," genre-spanning Phony Ppl and more in this week's musical round-up

Phony Ppl: somethinG about your love.

From their new album mō’zā-ik. (available to stream in its entirety on NPR today), Phony Ppl‘s “somethinG about your love.” is a sunny tune that—like all of the BK-based band’s music—bounces between several genres. The entire album spans neo-soul, hip-hop, funk, bossa nova, pop and just about everything between, in a delightfully satisfying and infectious manner. While the five-piece has gone through a few line-up changes since 2015’s Yesterday’s Tomorrow, the music remains unfettered and playful without feeling hollow.

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Phony Ppl: somethinG about your love.

From their new album mō’zā-ik. (available to stream in its entirety on NPR today), Phony Ppl‘s “somethinG about your love.” is a sunny tune that—like all of the BK-based band’s music—bounces between several genres. The entire album spans neo-soul, hip-hop, funk, bossa nova, pop and just about everything between, in a delightfully satisfying and infectious manner. While the five-piece has gone through a few line-up …