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Brittany Howard’s fearless ‘Jaime’ blasts racism’s specter

The Alabama Shakes singer's soul-inferno album confronts uncomfortable truths—and was almost called 'Black Björk'

Kumail’s ‘Yasmin’ tunes into a celestial radio show

A lush mood-board of seductive beats from Bombay to Istanbul, on the wide-ranging producer's latest.

Defying genre, Pursuit Grooves flies high with ‘Bess’

Inspired by Black female daredevil Bess Coleman, the electronic musician's latest album proves "there's music for every mood."

Son Little’s gritty takes on vintage R&B run deep

The Californian dips into gospel, rock, and blues for a fresh sound that will surely shake a hip or two.

Fierce rock energy at Miss June’s ‘Bad Luck Party’

New Zealand four-piece moves through pop-punk, no wave, and noise with an acerbic Riot Grrrl slant.

Monophonics return with chest-out soul ‘Changes’

New single mixes Stax and Funk Brothers feel with modern effects and powerhouse vocals from Kelly Finnigan.

Broken-beat pioneer Mark de Clive-Lowe revives his CHURCH

A 13-track celebration of open-minded connectivity keys into the groundbreaker's roving jazz club and dance party.

Michael Sneed’s ‘Days We Lost’ claps back at depression, debt

An ebullient new mixtape highlights this freewheeling nerd's talent for combining styles and pushing things forward.

Bumping serious boogie-funk with The Pendletons

The duo, known for its slow-mo approach to soul, raises the tempo on excellent new '2 Steps Away'

Midtown Social’s sweet retro soul revives SF’s spirit

Two bright singles from upcoming album 'Fantastic Colors' celebrate the diverse street style and long sunsets we love.