Flying Lotus feat. David Lynch: Fire is Coming

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the collaboration between experimental magicians Flying Lotus and David Lynch is gloriously dark, demented and enthralling. The spoken-word track revolves around an ominous story, told by Lynch, over a soundscape that includes far-away thunder, rumbling, garbled hums, haunting strings and tinkling piano. The video—directed by Steven Ellison and David Firth—depicts a distorted Lynch telling the tale to a mesmerized group of wolf-children. The track …

fold: Teacher

Over fold’s jazzy new instrumental, a recording of James Baldwin’s moving 1963 speech given at Oakland, CA’s Castlemont High School plays. The speech, for predominantly black students, is about education and self-worth, and begins, “If I were your teacher, I’d beg you to fight me and not let me get away with anything.” The psych- and funk-infused “Teacher” layers several organic movements—and works seamlessly with …

Mark Ronson feat. Lykke Li: Late Night Feelings

British musician/producer Mark Ronson has tapped Swedish singer/songwriter Lykke Li for the latest of his self-proclaimed “sad bangers.” With island, funk and disco influences, “Late Night Feelings” offers up a lush and rich instrumental for Li to sing atop. With steel drums, forlorn vocals and a pared-back breakdown, the song is also the title track of Ronson’s upcoming album (set for release 21 June), which …