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Classic hip-hop, experimental soundscapes, sample-heavy tunes and more in our musical round-up

Rapsody: Ibtihaj Named for Ibtihaj Muhammad (the first American to wear a hijab when competing for the USA in the Olympics), new single “Ibtihaj,” from North Carolina rapper Rapsody, heavily samples GZA’s “Liquid Swords” and also features the Wu Tang member. Unlike the 1995 track, this release includes the immediately recognizable vocals of D’Angelo. The infectious groove will appear on Rapsody’s upcoming album EVE, which …

Flying Lotus feat. David Lynch: Fire is Coming

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the collaboration between experimental magicians Flying Lotus and David Lynch is gloriously dark, demented and enthralling. The spoken-word track revolves around an ominous story, told by Lynch, over a soundscape that includes far-away thunder, rumbling, garbled hums, haunting strings and tinkling piano. The video—directed by Steven Ellison and David Firth—depicts a distorted Lynch telling the tale to a mesmerized group of wolf-children. The track …

Noise Patterns by Tristan Perich

The sound artist behind 1-Bit Music has a new album available on circuitboard

Sound artist Tristan Perich has long been interested in stripping art down to an elemental level to explore randomness and order (catch his drawing machine in this 2006 Cool Hunting video). To listen to his 2004-2005 album1-Bit Music, one plugged headphones into a translucent CD case as a microchip played 40 minutes in low-fi 1-bit audio tones—electronic music’s most simple, raw form. Only a single …