Pop Smoke’s Memory Lives On, and 14 More New Songs

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Pop Smoke, ‘More Time’

“Faith,” the second posthumous album from Pop Smoke, contains collaborations with Kanye West, Dua Lipa, 42 Dugg, Future and others. But this monitor, early within the album, is jarring and stark. Not just because it’s nonetheless eerie to listen to Pop Smoke rapping with a mix of menace and pleasure, however due to its chilling beat — produced partially by the rapper’s longtime collaborator Rico Beats, but in addition partially by Nicholas Britell, who has scored “Moonlight” and “Succession.” It is a well-known trick, these reverberating keys that stand stern sentry, however no much less efficient for it. Here is a splash of theater extra visceral than any radio hit, any pop crossover. JON CARAMANICA

Xenia Rubinos, ‘Working All the Time’

Xenia Rubinos’s “Working All the Time” is barely two minutes lengthy, nevertheless it’s as intricate as an arduous jigsaw puzzle. There are waves of skittish synths, air horns straight out of a Funk Flex set on Hot 97, a bridge that sounds just like the glitchy maximalism of hyperpop, and final however not least, an interpolation of the standard rumba “Ave María Morena.” Somehow, Rubinos is smart of all these disparate items utilizing her brassy, featherlight voice. Blink and you’ll miss that it’s a employees’ anthem, too: In one verse, Rubinos sings, “You better keep me poor and busy or I’d be a danger.” It’s a warning for many who attempt to crush the facility of the folks. ISABELIA HERRERA

Swedish House Mafia, ‘It Gets Better’

I suppose you’ll be able to take up this music on the web, the place it’s presently out there. But the slick return of Swedish House Mafia — the Brobdingnagian kings of mainstream EDM, the clout champions of biggest-room home music — cries out for an open area, a dizzying laser present, a lack of sense of time and place. Hug a pal; the soundtrack of shared mayhem is upon us. CARAMANICA

Mahalia, ‘Whenever You’re Ready’

A brisk, ratcheting, evolving ska-meets-trap beat carries “Whenever You’re Ready” by Mahalia, a British singer whose mom is Jamaican. It’s a semi-breakup music that flaunts confidence as a substitute of ache. The singer is letting him go as a result of he’s offended at her now, however she’s positive he’ll be again: “You won’t be gone for good,” she sings. “No, I’m not worried.” JON PARELES

Caroline Polachek, ‘Bunny Is a Rider’

Singing a few girl so elusive “satellite can’t find her,” Caroline Polachek makes staccato syllables and quick phrases bounce throughout the beat, working equally as percussion and melody. They’re only a few of the syncopated layers in a playful but strategic manufacturing — by Polachek and her frequent collaborator, Danny L. Harle from the PC Music circle — that juggles whistling, triangle, birdsong and the giggles and gurgles of Harle’s child daughter. “I’m so nonphysical,” Polachek exults, over the sustained bass tone that cushions the refrain. Nonsense: The music is constructed for dancing. PARELES

Soccer Mommy, ‘Rom Com 2004’

“Rom Com 2004” may have been a simple indie-rock love music, vowing “Just let me be yours like no one else before” over a march beat, guitar chords and a refrain with a proud leap within the melody. But Soccer Mommy — Sophie Allison — handed over her demo to the producer BJ Burton with directions, she has stated, to “destroy it.” He obliged with glitches, distortion, velocity variations and uncovered moments — making the music extra interesting as a result of it performs onerous to get. PARELES

Turnstile that includes Blood Orange, ‘Alien Love Call’

From the forthcoming Turnstile album, “Glow On,” comes this shoegaze space-soul collaboration with Blood Orange (Dev Hynes). The video compiles mayhem-esque reside footage extra in line with the hardcore band’s regular rhythms, however maybe that is the meditation earlier than the trend. CARAMANICA

Dave McMurray, ‘Dark Star’

Dave McMurray is a longtime Detroit tenor saxophonist with many years of expertise in rock, jazz, pop and R&B, principally as a aspect musician. But he’s simply launched his second album for Blue Note as a frontrunner: “Grateful Deadication,” a tribute to the Grateful Dead songbook. His cowl of the traditional “Dark Star” channels the epically trippy M.O. of a Dead efficiency: McMurray declares the melody over Wayne Gerard’s twinkling, distorted guitar; ultimately, a dug-in backbeat units in. Then a coolly grooving part opens up, and the saxophonist dishes out a solo that’s laced with greasy Motor City angle however nonetheless takes its time, as if to bask within the California solar. GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO

Half Waif, ‘Swimmer’

The songs on “Mythopoetics,” Nandi Rose Plunkett’s new album as Half Waif, endure and exult in all-consuming love. As “Swimmer” leaps from on a regular basis sensation to all-out devotion and want — “I want to know they can’t take this away from me” — synthesizer arpeggios and vocal harmonies swarm round Plunkett’s ardent voice, like a all of a sudden racing heartbeat and an uncontainable obsession. PARELES

Yas, ‘Idea of You’

A viscous tar pit of a monitor — gradual, oozing bass tones, sparse drum-machine faucets and gaping silences — hints on the problem of pulling free from an more and more damaging relationship. Yas (the songwriter, singer, producer and violinist Yasmeen Al-Mazeedi) sings about being “in love with the idea of you” amid particulars of psychological and bodily abuse. The negotiations aren’t fairly over; her voice rises to a fragile soprano as she decides, “You think that I want you back — I don’t.” PARELES

Koreless, ‘White Picket Fence’

Koreless — the Welsh producer Lewis Roberts — swerves between pastorale and rave on “White Picket Fence.” A keening feminine voice, uncredited and presumably constructed from samples, floats at first over a stately harpsichord; then fuzzy synthesizers arrive with a pulsing beat underneath that vocal melody, earlier than it will get stretched and chopped up; then it’s despatched again to harpsichord territory. In the video, directed by FKA twigs, membership creatures climb out of a futuristic inexperienced automotive alongside a bucolic creek, the place fishing ensues; city artifice meets Nature. PARELES

Karol G, ‘200 Copas’

To a pal who’s nonetheless tearful about her ex, the Colombian songwriter Karol G (Carolina Giraldo Navarro) doesn’t mince phrases in “200 Copas” (“200 Drinks”); she dismisses the man with profanities after all of the struggling he triggered. Yet her 21st-century bluntness will get a traditionalist backing; whereas the remainder of her album, “KG0516,” traverses fashionable Pan-American pop with all its technological methods, “200 Copas” is an old style waltz backed by just a few acoustic devices, nothing extra. The lyrics are decidedly rude, however the predicament she sings about isn’t new. The new video has her main a beach-bonfire singalong: solidarity in opposition to undeserving males. PARELES

Tainy and Yandel, ‘El Plan’

“Dynasty” is a brand new collaborative album from Tainy and Yandel, two titans of reggaeton celebrating 16 years of eminence. With its sinister harpsichord, muted marimbas and a piercing dembow riddim, “El Plan” recollects the mid-00s reggaeton that required listeners observe dancing in entrance of the mirror. It’s all concerning the thrill of an after-hours dance-floor chase — the electrifying, will-it-or-won’t-it-happen vitality of an evening on the membership. “Estoy esperándote y tú perreando sola,” Yandel says. “I’m waiting for you and you’re dancing alone.” Luckily, he is aware of he’s on the whim of his associate: “Pero tú dime cuál e’ el plan.” You inform me what the plan is. HERRERA

Mas Aya, ‘Momento Presente’

It is simple to reference folkloric sounds, however have little to supply apart from mere nostalgia. The instrumentalist Brandon Valdivia, higher often called Mas Aya, escapes this destiny masterfully on “Momento Presente.” More than a mere collision of previous and current, the monitor is a examine within the energy of harnessing ancestral information. Over six and a half minutes, Valdivia braids a skittish footwork beat with a flurry of Andean pan flutes, arpeggiated synths and polyrhythms. Halfway by way of, the voice of an elder displays on centuries of protest, a reminder that the work of liberation is a part of a continuum. One second the music is celestial, transporting the listener 40,00zero toes into the air. In one other it’s meditative, urging us into quiet introspection. HERRERA

Matt Mitchell and Kate Gentile, ‘Trapezoids | Matching Tickles’

In latest years the pianist Matt Mitchell and the drummer Kate Gentile have developed a guide of pithy, one-bar-long compositions, which they play with small ensembles underneath the title Snark Horse. Through intense improvisation, taking equal cues from free jazz and metallic, they morph and distend and scramble these little melodic fragments. On Friday, Snark Horse launched its first album — a boxed set spanning no fewer than 49 tracks and five-and-a-half hours, principally recorded at a three-day session in late 2019. “Trapezoids” is a Mitchell composition, a crooked and incessant spray of notes, with Jon Irabagon’s saxophone additional destabilizing the combination. It’s paired on this monitor with “Matching Tickles,” a Gentile piece, which Mitchell performs extra softly and abstractedly, as if it have been the echo of one other concept. RUSSONELLO