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