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Singles File: Big Boi, Laura Mvula, Matthew Ryan, Latryx and Fort Lean

By Allison Stewart,

Singles File A weekly playlist for the listener with a one-track mind Big Boi featuring A$AP Rocky and Phantogram: “Lines” The OutKast rapper flirts with electro-pop on this synth-heavy new track from his (alleged) December release, “Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors.” Laura Mvula: “Like the Morning Dew” Peerless throwback soul from the British newcomer, who wrings more out of an ordinary line reading than anyone since Corinne Bailey Rae. Matthew Ryan: “And It’s Such a Drag” Ryan is one of those singer-songwriters whose name usually comes with the word “underrated” in front of it. This wrapped-in-barbed-wire love song is one of his finest. Latyrx: “Gorgeous Spirits” On its first new track in 15 years, one of underground rap’s most pedigreed crews returns with a straight-up banger of indescribable awesomeness. Fort Lean: “The Mall” Hand-clappy power-pop goodness, courtesy of Brooklyn’s seventh- or eighth-hairiest band. — Allison Stewart

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