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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New D'Angelo, a jazzy Joy Division cover, music from Brainfeeder's compilation and more

Hot 8 Brass Band: Love Will Tear Us Apart (Joy Division Cover) The NOLA-based Hot 8 Brass Band has released a cover of Joy Division‘s “Love Will Tear Us Apart,” and it’s a sparking jazz tune. The song, which sounds like a rush of 1,000 horns, comes in the band’s 23rd year—they’ve been together since 1993, and though not all founding members are with the …

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Rufus Wainwright's protest song covered by Lily Allen, new music by Goldfrapp, Thundercat teams up with a couple of icons and more

Lily Allen: Going To a Town (Rufus Wainwright Cover) Covering Rufus Wainwright’s stunning 2007 song “Going To a Town,” Lily Allen has remained faithful to the original, while adding her own levels of heartbreak. The accompanying video features scenes from current protests concerning Trump, Brexit, racism, islamophobia, refugees and immigration. While Allen’s version is pared-down, it delivers the same amount of pathos (thanks in part …