Taylor Swift Rejoins Her ‘Folklore’ Crew, and 8 More New Songs

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Big Red Machine that includes Taylor Swift, ‘Renegade’

Big Red Machine is the challenge of Aaron Dessner — the guitarist within the National who was a producer on Taylor Swift’s “Folklore,” “Evermore” and her remake of “Fearless” — and Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), who wrote and sang “Exile,” a high-angst duet with Swift on “Folklore.” Swift sings two songs on the Big Red Machine album due Aug. 27, and whatever the billing, she dominates “Renegade” along with her melodic sense and character: terse, symmetrical phrases carrying a coolheaded evaluation of a failing companion, as she fends off makes an attempt to “let all your damage damage me/and carry your baggage up my street.” The Big Red Machine side is within the manufacturing particulars — multilayered drones, tendrils of electrical and acoustic guitar, Vernon’s distant backing vocals — however “Renegade” would match simply on a Swift album. JON PARELES

Brent Faiyaz that includes Drake, ‘Wasting Time’

The approach Brent Faiyaz approaches his verses over the plush, vintage-minded Neptunes manufacturing of “Wasting Time” is ethereal and slightly fleeting, as if he’s so absorbed in his pitch to a possible lover that he can’t fairly convey himself to stay near the beat. “If you got time to waste, waste it with me,” Faiyaz pleads, nearly pulling again from the request, casting his line whereas averting his coronary heart. But there’s surety within the layered refrain — a Neptunes customary — and the thumping bass line, and then within the visitor verse from Drake, which strikes a bitter notice about what it means to provide of your self and get crickets again: “Fluent in passive aggression, that’s why you actin’ dismissive/Hearing me out for once would require you actually listen.” JON CARAMANICA

J. Balvin and Skrillex, ‘In da Getto’

Credit the place credit score is due: The lion’s share of the block-party spirit on this track, which is completely designed to be blasted all summer time, comes from the beat, organ hook and feminine vocals that the producers Skrillex and Tainy bought by sampling “In De Ghetto” by David Morales and the Bad Yard Club that includes Crystal Waters and Delta, from 1994. They constructed on their acknowledged supply, grabbing and crisping up one of the best moments and tossing in some sirens, whereas Balvin’s gruff rapping stokes the festivities. But the inspiration was already there. PARELES

De Schuurman, ‘Nu Ga Je Dansen’

In the late ’80s, DJ Moortje, a selector from the Dutch Antillean island of Curaçao, mistakenly performed a dancehall observe on the improper velocity throughout his set at a membership in The Hague. The outcome was a breakneck, squeaky-voiced sound referred to as “bubbling,” a mode that will veer right into a thousand new instructions over the subsequent couple of a long time. A brand new launch from the Ugandan label Nyege Nyege Tapes is a reminder of the motion’s innovation. “Bubbling Inside” compiles beforehand unreleased tracks from De Schuurman, a staple of the scene a decade in the past. Its standout, “Nu Ga Je Dansen” (“Now You’re Gonna Dance”), is a two-and-a-half minute membership rampage. The first 30 seconds recall a late ’90s rave — all sirens and unhinged ferocity. But earlier than lengthy, a flood of kick drums arrives, beckoning everybody to the dance flooring. ISABELIA HERRERA

Chicano Batman, ‘Dark Star’

The musical DNA of Chicano Batman is wealthy with references to bygone eras: the trippy deliria of psych soul, the political ambitions of Brazilian tropicália and the concept-driven idiosyncrasies of prog-rock, amongst others. But the Los Angeles band has by no means been excited about mere nostalgia, because it reminds us on “Dark Star.” The track is organized like a puzzle: a jagged, layered bass line (à la Madlib) clashes with serrated guitar strains, whereas laid-back vocals glide over the manufacturing. In the refrain, the lead singer Bardo Martinez’s voice blooms into what looks like sunny psychedelia. But blink for a second and you’ll miss the ominous undercurrent of the observe: The “Dark Star” at hand just isn’t a celestial being, however America — a somber place contending with the legacies of racial violence that also drive its on a regular basis actuality. HERRERA

Ti Gonzi, ‘Kudzana Dzana’

Tinashe Gonzara, the 28-year-old Zimbabwean rapper and singer who performs as Ti Gonzi, has been recording prolifically since 2009 and profitable music awards in Zimbabwe. He has already put out an album this 12 months, “Sendiri Two.” But his newer singles have focused on melody as a lot rapping. “Kudzana Dzana” (“Hundreds and Hundreds”) stacks up vocal harmonies over a teasing, versatile three-against-two groove of percussion and guitar choosing that hints at Shona mbira (thumb-piano) traditions but in addition lets an electrical guitar wail. “Life is a journey,” pronounces one of many few lyrics in English. PARELES

Tarrus Riley, ‘Heartbreak Anniversary’

Giveon’s “Heartbreak Anniversary” is nearly incomparably inconsolable. That it’s turn into the soundtrack for a TikTok dance pattern borders on the lunatic. But maybe that unlikely juxtaposition set the desk for this cowl, by the reggae star Tarrus Riley, which neatly leavens its angst. Over undulating, swinging manufacturing by Kareem Burrell and Dean Fraser, Riley sings not like a person mopping himself up off the ground, however somewhat one easily sauntering to security. CARAMANICA

Sarah Proctor, ‘Worse’

“I know that it hurts/I know I’m going to make it a little bit worse,” Sarah Proctor tells the lover she betrayed. Piano chords toll and vocal harmonies swirl round her, making her sound reverent and contrite — besides that she’s not apologizing. She’s breaking apart. PARELES

Squirrel Flower, ‘Iowa 146’

Ella Williams, the songwriter behind the indie-rock of Squirrel Flower, doesn’t draw back from whisper-to-shout full-band crescendos on her band’s new album, “Planet (i).” But “Iowa 146” sticks with the whisper, accompanied by folky choosing and all kinds of sustained near-phantom sounds, as she sings in regards to the romance of sharing a guitar. PARELES