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ROBIN THICKE ft. NAS Deep ★★ In­ter­scope “Can’t play with your wa­ter gun, son, be­cause the po­lice see a seven-year-old as a threat...” With this heart­felt a capella verse, Nas be­comes the lat­est high pro­file African-Amer­i­can artist – af­ter Bey­oncé, Ken­drick, Solange et al – to speak out on the is­sue of con­tro­ver­sial po­lice shoot­ings. The mys­tery though is why Nas chose to do so in a guest spot on the come­back sin­gle by R&B singer (and rape cul­ture poster boy) Robin Thicke. Some classier out­lets Nas could have cho­sen in­clude “Nick­el­back con­cert”, “adult di­a­per com­mer­cial”, and “newly sur­faced hot mic con­ver­sa­tion with Don­ald Trump”.

HARLEA

Miss Me ★★★★ Oeoe Miss Me is the crack­ing de­but sin­gle from North Lon­don singer Harlea. Re­li­able in­for­ma­tion about the 22-year-old is hazy. But based on this ev­i­dence, we can as­sume she has at least a pass­ing ac­quain­tance with the back cat­a­logues of The Kills, Garbage and the Arc­tic Mon­keys. In any case, this is one hell of a call­ing card. KAMAIYAH ft. YG F*** It Up ★★★ Rap­per Kami­ayah John­son was born in Oak­land, Cal­i­for­nia in 1992. Coin­ci­den­tally, the same year Dre dropped The Chronic. Which, by some strange os­mo­sis, may ex­plain how the 24-year-old’s mu­sic is so im­bued with the spirit of old-school West Coast hip-hop. A straight up party an­them, this F*** It Up video fea­tures such G-Funk sta­ples as low rid­ers, braids and whiny synths. Her de­but al­bum, A Good Night

In The Ghetto, was re­leased ear­lier this year.

PRIESTS

JJ Sis­ter ★★★★ Poly­gon Af­ter three crit­i­cally ac­claimed EPs, two years and one sin­gle, Wash­ing­ton DC punk rocker’s de­but al­bum Noth­ing Feels

Nat­u­ral is fi­nally sched­uled for a Jan­uary 27th re­lease. On this the taster from it, front­woman Katie Alice Greer – who also di­rected the video – shrieks (“I wrote a bunch of songs for you… but you’ll never de­serve them”), snarls and gets pinched in the face. Un­hinged and ir­re­sistible

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