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This week, Sam Smith collaborated with Timbaland on a new single, Canadian rapper Belly teamed with Pusha T on a track, and Kelela released her debut album.
Here are the 5 best songs from the past week that you can stream right now:
Sam Smith — “Pray”
English singer Sam Smith turns a minimalist Timbaland beat into a full-fledged, choir-accompanied gospel track on his latest single, “Pray,” from his upcoming album, “The Thrill of It All.”
Andrew Bird — “Lazuli Bunting”
Violinist and singer-songwriter Andrew Bird released an instrumental album this week. “Lazuli Bunting,” an intricate highlight track, features his signature violin plucking and layering of strings.
Kelela — “Waitin”
Alt-R&B singer Kelela reflects on a turbulent fling on the immaculately produced “Waitin,” a standout song from her debut studio album, “Take Me Apart.”
Tash Sultana — “Mystik”
Australian singer-songwriter Tash Sultana delivers an idiosyncratic vocal performance and a saxophone solo on her hazy, guitar-led single “Mystik.”
Belly — “Alcantara” (feat. Pusha T)
Canadian rapper Belly traces his come-up from his days of “buying champagne on a beer budget” on the murky, Pusha T-featuring track “Alcantara.”