Kiefer: Superhero

Pianist and producer Kiefer (aka Kiefer Shackelford) is poised to release Between Days this spring, and from it comes the breezy, jazzy instrumental “Superhero.” The laidback tune—accompanied by an animated video from Mason London—incorporates plenty of boom-bap and tinkling keys that lend an almost improv element. The LA-based artist (who has collaborated with Mndsgn and Anderson .Paak) says, “This came from an idea I recorded …

Sofie + Miss World feat. Peanut Butter Wolf: Melody

Stones Throw Records artists Sofie and Miss World tap label founder Peanut Butter Wolf (aka Christopher Manak) for a cover of Plustwo’s 1983 track “Melody.” Their version boasts the same sense of satisfying obscurity, while furthering the lo-fi visuals of the original video. It’s altogether upbeat, and entirely danceable—especially once you reach the breakdown midway through the track.

Sudan Archives: Confessions

Sudan Archives (aka Cincinnati-born, LA-based Brittney Parks) returns with a single from her forthcoming album Athenao—out 1 November on Stones Throw Records. Beginning with emotive violin, played by Parks herself, the song’s infectious beat and breezy vocals then appear. The result is simultaneously symphonic, hypnotic, mellow and proudly feminine—and the Nathan R Smith-directed video follows suit. “Confessions, a female flip on classic rap music videos …