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Audio: Khalid, “Perfect (rough draft)”

The great Khalid is back with the feels. Fresh off of tour, the El Paso bred singer just released (what he claims to be) the rough version of a new song “Perfect,” but social media seems to believe the song is exactly what it claims to be. The track sounds a tad unfinished, yes, but it’s…

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Sampha Takes Home 2017 Mercury Prize

Experimental R&B singer-songwriter Sampha didn’t expect Process to be received so well. The deeply personal and unique album released in February came with a short film and zine, all conceptualized and brought to life by the London-based artist. This year, Sampha took home the 2017 Mercury Prize for Process previously won by Skepta for Konnichiwa. In his acceptance speech, the singer…

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Audio: Nao, “Nostalgia”

British Pop/R&B dream girl Nao has reemerged from her musical hiatus. Returning with the groovy single “Nostalgia,” the singer-songwriter reassures fans a new album is on the way with an accompanying note via Twitter: “A gift 4 U whilst I create my next album, I promise I won’t keep you waiting long…” “Nostalgia” is an upbeat romantic…

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Audio: Steve Lacy, “4real”

Steve Lacy, bassist for The Internet and solo wizkid, returns with a rock ‘n’ roll quick cut, “4real.” The high energy track is a pop of fresh air from the stagnancy. We always love to see Steve explore sonically with new styles, yet keeping that signature sound we got acquainted with on The Internet’s Ego Death.  The…

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Audio: Victory, “Believe in Love”

Emerging artist Victory is one of the fresh wind vocalists and promising artists you’ll want to watch. Sharing a breezy new number titled “Believe in Love,” the songstress and musician tunefully paints a sunny scene on the track’s canvas. Victory serenades a bubbly ode to the enchantingly euphoric promises of love and showcases her undeniably…

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Audio: St. Beauty, “Caught”

Issa Rae‘s Insecure doesn’t stop at delivering hilarious and relatable storylines. The HBO scripted comedy series is also a source for some of today’s hottest music. From Jazmine Sullivan to Kelela, our Sunday nights have consistently been turned from watch party to dance party. The ladies of St. Beauty were in the number this week…

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Audio: Braxton Cook, “Somewhere In Between (Swarvy Remix)”

We were absolutely blown away in April when Braxton Cook‘s debut album Somewhere In Between hit the airwaves. The project is one I’ve personally kept in rotation and now its title track is reemerging with a new groove. “Somewhere In Between (Swarvy Remix)” kicks up the tempo on this smooth jazz favorite with a new,…

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AUDIO: dvsn, “Mood”

If you’re looking to set the “Mood,” dvsn‘s new seductive single will definitely get you there. Fusing a steady tempo with key strokes from a piano, their new single will blend in seamlessly with your current bedroom playlist. The duo has been teasing new music as they gear-up for the release of their next album, Morning After, with fans on the edge of their…

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Audio: Moses Sumney, “Indulge Me”

Today’s World Record premiere on Beats 1 Radio is easily one of our favorites to date. Heavenly vocalist Moses Sumney‘s latest single “Indulge Me” is a dreamlike escape into tuneful exploration of an aromatic’s thoughts. The acoustic guitar-driven, reflective ode to independence and loneness is far from an anti-love or weepy “rescue me” ballad. With…

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Audio: Kelela, “Frontline”

The Insecure Season 2 Soundtrack is premiering music from a few of our faves and the latest comes from our girl Kelela. “Frontline” is a haze smoldering number where the singer-songwriter takes her power back. With lyrics that spill a battle cry of thoughts, she explores the process of one’s own self-liberation from love’s restraints.…

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Audio: Mick Jenkins, “A Layover”

Chicago gem, Mick Jenkins has returned with a new self-written track titled “A Layover.” Wittily, Jenkins triumphs lyrically on what is both an anecdotal and satirical song. His almost effortless flow makes for the perfect pair with the smoky THEMPeople produced track. Jenkins tackles racial prejudice, his career, and more all on this two-minute cut. Although we…

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Audio: Frank Ocean, “Provider”

It’s been a really lucky 12 months for Frank Ocean fans. Since he shared the impeccably composed Endless and Blonde albums last August, he’s also been generously dropping self-contained tracks via his blonded RADIO show on Beats 1. The latest is a beachy new jam titled “Provider.” Atop mellow vibes in the track’s production, Frank’s…

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