Steve Lacy: Bad Habit

From Steve Lacy’s upcoming album Gemini Rights (out 15 July) comes a second single, “Bad Habit.” The hazy track—a lament about not taking a chance with a romantic interest—shape-shifts into an a cappella bridge and later introduces glitchy percussion. Blending funk, electronic and R&B, it’s simultaneously soothing and invigorating.

Thundercat, Steve Lacy + Steve Arrington: Black Qualls

By Thundercat (aka Stephen Lee Bruner), Steve Lacy (of The Internet) and the legendary Steve Arrington, “Black Qualls,” is smothered in funk. With familiar but contrasting vocals from Bruner and Arrington atop the rich, layered track, this song warrants repeat listens. The lyrics explore the mindset of many young black Americans at the moment, as Bruner explains, “What it feels like to be in this …

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Our favorite tunes this week bounce from psychedelic and groovy to hypnotic and experimental

Steve Lacy: Playground Psychedelic and groovy, Steve Lacy’s “Playground” pays, both visually and sonically, homage to Prince—via merch, a ruffled shirt, and sparkling purple hues throughout. The track appears on Lacy’s debut solo album, Apollo XXI, and while previously best known as The Internet’s guitarist, he has certainly proved himself as a formidable solo artist. Produced by Kathleen Heffernan and Leah Younesi and directed by …