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Meshell Ndegeocello’s Magnificent Combine, and 9 Extra New Songs

The songs on Meshell Ndegeocello’s magnificent new album, “The Omnichord Actual E-book,” are all the time in flux. In its seven-and-half minutes, “ASR” hints at fusion jazz, Funkadelic, Ethiopian pop, reggae and psychedelia; the guitarist Jeff Parker, from Tortoise, teases the music ahead. Because the tune accelerates, Ndegeocello sings about ache, heartbreak, therapeutic and perseverance, and she or he vows, “We’re right here to set the clock to right here and now.” JON PARELES

Peggy Gou is a South Korean-born, Berlin-based D.J. and producer with a penchant for dreamy home beats and a velvety contact. Her newest single “(It Goes Like) Nanana” performs out a bit like her personal private remodeling of ATC’s ubiquitous 2000 hit “All Across the World,” however with a kinetic power that’s distinctly her personal. “I can’t clarify,” Gou sings over a thumping beat and lightweight piano riff, earlier than deciding she will be able to finest categorical the sensation she needs to explain in nonsense phrases: “I suppose it goes like na na na na na na.” LINDSAY ZOLADZ

Doja Cat returns with a vengeance on the menacing “Consideration,” an announcement file that places her pop sensibility apart (no less than for now) and leans into her ample abilities as an M.C. “Take a look at me, have a look at me — you lookin’?” she begins, and for the following jiffy instructions the ground with charismatic grit. “Child, should you prefer it, simply attain out and pet it,” she sings on a hook that recollects ’90s R&B, albeit filtered by means of Doja’s alien sensibility. The verses, although, are pure venom: “Y’all fall into beef, however that’s one other dialog,” she spits with that signature fireplace in her throat. “I’m sorry, however all of us discover it actually entertaining.” ZOLADZ

Ambition and achievement, electronics and exaltation all determine in “Scientists & Engineers” from “Michael,” Killer Mike’s first solo album since he shaped Run the Jewels with El-P. “Scientists & Engineers” has 5 producers together with James Blake and No I.D. The observe pulsates with keyboard chords underneath the elusive André 3000 (from Outkast), who insists, “Rebelling is like an itch.” The music switches to silky guitar chords for Future, who sings, “It’s higher to be an outcast in a world of envious.” And a beat kicks in with entice drums and blipping synthesizers behind Killer Mike, who boasts in fast triplets: “I’m by no means chillin’, I gotta make tens of millions.” A multitracked Eryn Allen Kane wafts choirlike harmonies — and gospel-tinged sentiments like “I’mma dwell eternally” — whereas the rappers redefine themselves. PARELES

None aside from Fiona Apple determined to collaborate with Flesh Eater, a Nashville avant-pop group, on the mercurial seven-minute tour “Komfortzone.” Over a low, sputtering programmed beat and outbursts of noise and electronics, Flesh Eater’s lead singer, Zwil AR, sings hopscotching melodies harking back to Soiled Projectors. Apple sprinkles in some piano and finally provides vocal harmonies on refrains like “A subject of sunflowers with their backs towards me/I’m on the practice.” It’s as willful as it’s arty. PARELES

Mark Linkous was making his fifth album as Sparklehorse when he died by suicide in 2010. Now his household and a handful of collaborators have accomplished it, due for a September launch as “Fowl Machine.” A preview single, “Night Star Supercharger,” tops unhurried folk-rock with the tinkle of a toy piano, as Linkous cryptically however matter-of-factly considers mortality and despair: “Peace with out capsule, gun or needle or prayer seem/By no means discovered generally close to however too fleet to be clear.” Within the sky, he calmly watches a star going nova: “Although she’s dying, getting bigger.” PARELES

The Nigerian singer Omah Lay has cut up his songs between partying and self-doubt; he has additionally been featured by Justin Bieber. “Purpose,” from the newly expanded model of his 2022 album, “Boy Alone,” has minor chords and grim situations: “I don’t know who to run to proper now/Military is opening heavy fireplace.” The beat is buoyant, however the tone is fraught. PARELES

A low-riding shuffle beat isn’t the Cuban-born pianist, composer and folklorist David Virelles’s most typical surroundings. However “Carta,” Virelles’s new LP, places him and his longtime first-call bassist, Ben Avenue, along with Eric McPherson, an innovator and tradition-bearer in right this moment’s jazz drumming. That is the closest Virelles has come to creating a standard-format jazz trio album, although it’s nonetheless not precisely that. On the opener, “Unusual Sense,” McPherson’s shuffle kicks in after 25 seconds of solo piano, and Virelles has already led issues down a tense path, altering keys capriciously whereas increase a basis for the Cubist phrase on the middle of the tune. McPherson’s elegantly splattered drum fashion, utilizing conventional grip to roll his rhythms out as near the bottom as attainable, offers stable help to Virelles whereas he toys with contemporary-side influences: the bodily elocution of Don Pullen’s piano taking part in, the harmonic splintering and superimpositions of Craig Taborn, the rhythmic restraint of a Gonzalo Rubalcaba. You wouldn’t have to be instructed this album was recorded at Van Gelder Studio to appreciate it’s talking with jazz historical past — the vintage, the trendy and what’s barely come into form. GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO

“Manifold,” a brand new album from the rising bandleader Ben van Gelder, celebrates the voice. The voice of his saxophone, the voice of the pipe organ, the human voice, the collective voice of an eight-piece band. Every has its personal grain. The organ has its personal outstanding side-narrative in jazz historical past, however the Amsterdam-based van Gelder is culling from a unique stream, nearer to up to date classical composers like Arvo Pärt and György Ligeti, utilizing dissonance and house. The Veracruz-born vocalist Fuensanta sings no phrases on “Spectrum,” the album’s rangy centerpiece observe; she joins the horns, sounding nearly like one other reed instrument. Beneath them, Package Downes toggles between minimalism and high-rising waves on the pipe organ. RUSSONELLO

The composer Elliott Sharp has been devising methods of pitch and construction because the Nineteen Seventies. His newest album, “Steppe,” is impressed by geography. It’s music for six overdubbed classic electrical metal guitars, microtonally tuned and arrayed in stereo, exploring texture and resonance. “Rosette” is constructed from fast, cascading, staggered, overlapping little runs. It’s bell-toned and spiky, crumbling and reassembling. PARELES

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