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TYLER, THE CRE­ATOR ft. A$APROCKY Who Dat Boy ★★★★ Columbia

“F*** rap, I’m tryna own the planet,” boasts Tyler in this ter­rific self-di­rected new video, his first solo record­ing since 2015’s Cherry Bomb. The 26-year-old rap­per has been ex­pand­ing his cre­ative hori­zons lately, cu­rat­ing mu­sic fes­ti­vals, run­ning a fash­ion la­bel, dab­bling in graphic art and host­ing his own Vice­land TV show. But here he is back to what he does best: spit­ting rhymes, mug­ging to cam­era and, frankly, gross­ing us out. (The video’s sto­ry­line con­tains a sub­plot wor­thy of Buf­falo Bill from Si­lence of the Lambs.) An icky, but wel­come, re­turn.

ST VIN­CENT New York ★★★★ 4AD

On the lead sin­gle from her fifth stu­dio al­bum, An­nie Clark pays trib­ute to her for­mer home­town (she re­lo­cated to LA in 2016) and “the only moth­erf***er in the city who can stand me”. It’s an un­char­ac­ter­is­ti­cally sim­ple piano bal­lad from an oft­times enig­matic artist.

PETER PERRETT How The West WDomi­noas Won ★★★

“Like ev­ery­one else I’m in love with Kim Kar­dashian / She’s taken over from J.Lo as my num­ber one…” To para­phrase the blue-haired lawyer from The Simp­sons, ladies and gen­tle­men, Peter Perrett is so con­vinced of the mer­its of his lat­est come­back al­bum that he is pre­pared to waste the jury’s time rat­ing the su­per-di­vas. The 65-year-old for­mer Only Ones singer has rightly earned rave re­views for How The West

Was Won. But the ti­tle track does bare a very strong melodic re­sem­blance to the Vel­vet Un­der­ground’s Sweet Jane.

JAY-Z 4.44 ★★★ Roc Na­tion

On last year’s su­per snarling

Lemon­ade al­bum, Bey­oncé gave her ac­count of her re­cent mar­i­tal dif­fi­cul­ties. Here, her hus­band gives his side of that story: ad­mit­ting in­fi­delity, apol­o­gis­ing and promis­ing change. Which is all to his credit. Plus, it’s not nearly as good a record as Bey­oncé’s, so no one can ac­cuse him of steal­ing his wife’s thun­der. Who said chivalry is dead?

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