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Portishead covers ABBA, plus music videos from Erykah Badu + Robert Glasper, Thundercat and Aphex Twin in this week's music

Portishead: SOS (ABBA Cover) In an exhilaratingly dark version of ABBA’s “SOS,” Portishead’s Beth Gibbons brings an immense heartbreak to the Swedish group’s 1975 pop song. The cover is a tribute to Jo Cox (a Batley and Spen MP who fought for refugees’ rights) who was murdered last week outside a library. In this context, and in this downtempo version, the song carries much more …

Thundercat: Song For The Dead

It’s been exactly one year since Thundercat’s six-track album The Beyond / Where The Giants Roam (featuring the poignant, sad-funk song “Them Changes”) was released, and with the anniversary comes a new music video. “Song For The Dead” was drawn by Ryan McShane—who met Thundercat via Twitter—and blends NASA footage with animations of the caped musician, a pack of wolves, and his trusty bass guitar. …

Thundercat: Them Changes

From Thundercat’s mini-album The Beyond / Where the Giants Roam (his first solo album since 2013’s Apocalypse, though he’s kept busy working on Kendrick Lamar’s last release and more) comes “Them Changes“—a track that blends an effortless groove with melancholy. While the story told through vocals is one of heartbreak, the squelching electric bass line and dark music video (which features a samurai battle inside …