The Playlist: Nicki Minaj can be Ready to Rumble, as well as 11 More completely new Songs

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Nicki Minaj, ‘Barbie Tingz’ as well as ‘Chun-Li’

Florence as well as the Machine, ‘Sky Full of Song’

A breezy house beat (by Junior Sanchez) can be the springboard for Azealia Banks in a slew of different voices which are all hers: a smoky-voiced soul chanteuse as well as a gospel-charged belter, a rapper who can scream her way to distortion or calmly rattle off designer boasts. She’s breaking up, she’s celebrating love, she’s dismissing rivals, she’s conflating “diamonds as well as dreams,” she’s declaring, “I’m penthouse, you’re trap house.” The beat keeps those multiple personalities on the same dance floor. The unexplained title? Search engine optimization, perhaps. J.P.

Robert Glasper Experiment featuring Alex Isley as well as Kaytranada, ‘No One Like You’

Austerity turns slyly insinuating in “Wish You would likely” by Marian Hill, the Philadelphia duo of the singer Samantha Gongol as well as the producer Jeremy Lloyd. Percussive snaps as well as ticks, clipped arpeggios as well as a lot of silence back Ms. Gongol’s whispery tease of a vocal, as she flirts with temptation as well as infidelity. There’s so much space which just one tap of a bongo can arrive like an explosion. J.P.

Nels Cline 4, ‘Amenette’

A self-indictment delivered like an R&B love song, “Stolen Moments” itemizes a lot of not bad reasons to back out of a romance with the singer: “I’m so afraid of intimacy.” “Don’t trust me in me.” “I don’t want to tell you which I love you.” “No love can be perfect for me.” Josh Karpeh, who records as Cautious Clay, croons those as well as more over cozy acoustic guitar chords as well as a creeping bass line, with wisps of falsetto vocals as well as saxophone within the background. “I think which loneliness would likely serve us well,” he concludes, hoping not to be believed. J.P.

Jess Williamson, ‘Mama Proud’

“Mama Proud” takes its time as This particular poses questions This particular doesn’t answer: questions about heartache, faith, loss as well as destiny. Jess Williamson, a songwriter by Austin, wafts her voice into a hypnotic waltz which floats on slow guitar picking as well as a lingering drone, eventually gathering a ghostly choir around her, never puncturing the enigma. J.P.

Eliane Elias, ‘Man of La Mancha (I, Don Quixote)’

This particular’s been more than 20 years since Eliane Elias, an esteemed Brazilian pianist, was commissioned to record her take on the songs by “Man of La Mancha,” a Broadway musical based on the tale of Don Quixote. The commission was provided by Mitch Leigh, the music’s composer. Those recordings are finally seeing the light of day thanks to Concord Records, which just released Ms. Elias’s “Music by Man of La Mancha.” On the title track, she’s joined by the bassist Eddie Gomez as well as the drummer Jack DeJohnette, as well as the trio creates a flamenco-like flow, moving comfortably by major to minor as Ms. Elias’s elegant solo gives way to a rumbling, extended statement by Mr. DeJohnette, forceful yet not overpowering. G.R.

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