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Dua Saleh – smut

Sudanese-American artist Dua Saleh started off their artistic career as a poet before releasing their debut single First Take back in 2017. smut is one of the tracks on their new EP, ROSETTA, which dropped last week. It’s an intoxicating pop-r&b-electronic hybrid: unpredictable and constantly shifting in tone and style over the course of its four-minute running time, and I absolutely love it.

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Miraa May – Anger

Miraa May has been putting out a steady stream of reliably good r&b for the last five years or so, and has a new single, Woman Like Me, out this month. Anger is from her debut EP N15, and one I wanted to highlight as I really don’t think it received the attention it deserves. It’s so good: superb, stripped-down, moody production and her voice has never sounded better. If you’re not familiar with her, this is the place to start.

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Denai Moore – Motherless Child

I absolutely love Denai Moore. Her last two albums We Used To Bloom and Elsewhere have been on heavy rotation for the last few years, and I’m very exited about her next LP, Modern Dread, which lands in July. The production on Motherless Child is a lot more electronic and stripped-down than some of her previous music, but her voice is as heartfelt and soulful as ever. She’s a true original, and if her new album is anything like as good as the last two, we’re in for a treat.

http://www.denaimoore.com

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Nick Hakim – QADIR

Qadir reminds me of shitloads of different songs and artists, but is also undeniably original. In this one song alone I can hear Zero 7, BADBADNOTGOOD, Thundercat, even a touch of Marvin Gaye, as well as various others, but somehow it still sounds fresh and unique. The rest of the album, WILL THIS MAKE ME GOOD – which came out last week – is a similar vibe, and combined with the sun blasting in from outside is making me feel exceptionally chilled and happy.

https://nickhakim.com

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Kehlani – Can I feat. Tory Lanez

This is the second track on Kehlani’s very well received second album It Was Good Until It Wasn’t, with a guest verse from Tory Lanez with whom I became vaguely obsessed with around the release of his I Told You LP, but haven’t really paid attention to since. Both are on excellent form on Can I, which is a sultry, lugubrious banger.

https://www.kehlani.com

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serpentwithfeet – A Comma

I’ve always liked serpentwithfeet a lot more in theory than in practice, and have found a lot of his previous stuff a little impenetrable, even after multiple listens. A Comma is the first record of his I’ve liked immediately: it’s definitely way more accessible than anything on his last album, and his voice really shines when accompanied by this more stripped-back, less hectic production.

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Quinton Barnes – This Moment feat. XtinaJewell

This one had me fully on board within five seconds. Something about that winding, fizzing synth line and those beats… and then they both start singing: absolutely incredible. The entire album, Aarupa, is also one of the best I’ve heard so far this year. Quinton Barnes – you have my attention!

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Jessie Reyez – ANKLES

This is taken from the Jessie Reyes new album BEFORE LOVE CAME TO KILL US ALL, which I think is a really brilliant title. Not sure the album really lives up to it to be honest – it includes a couple of really forgettable features from Eminem and 6lack – but this is a total banger.

http://www.jessiereyez.com

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Okay Kaya – Ascend And Try Again

I was a little bit disappointed by her new album as I loved the previous one, but this track is a clear standout. Hauntingly weird.

http://okay-kaya.com