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Vale William Onyeabor, Spoon's return, a dystopian tune from Gorillaz and more in our week in music

Gorillaz feat. Benjamin Clementine: Hallelujah Money Returning after six years, Gorillaz have chosen an apt moment to release their powerful, politically charged, bleakly apocalyptic track “Hallelujah Money.” Dropping on the eve of the US inauguration, the song features vocals and spoken word by the inimitable British poet and musician Benjamin Clementine (along with Damon Albarn, of course) and hauntingly grim lyrics: “How will we know …

William Onyeabor: Fantastic Man

The brilliant William Onyeabor, the Nigerian electronic funk musician who found fame some 30 years after leaving the music business, sadly passed away on 16 January. The groundbreaking artist composed, recorded, pressed and printed nine albums from 1977 to 1985 only to be “discovered” by the world thanks to the 2013 best of record Who Is William Onyeabor? (released by David Byrne’s label, Luaka Bop) …

De La Soul: Smell the Da.I.S.Y. Mixtape

Hot Chip's take on William Onyeabor, Swedish dance-pop, filmmaker Jim Jarmusch's vampire soundtrack and more in our look at the music we tweeted this week

After releasing snippets all month, NYC hip-hop trio De La Soul dropped their entire “Smell the Da.I.S.Y.” mixtape, featuring never-before-heard beats from the late great producer J Dilla considered by many to be the most influential beatmaker of his time. The acronym—which stands for Da Inner Soul of Yancey in reference to Dilla’s birth name James Dewitt Yancey—is immediately infectious. From the first bar to …