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New Music Roundup: James Fauntleroy, Local Natives & Nav

Funny grooves and a surprise return.

James Fauntleroy, "Can't Let You Go"

At some point, we can only hope that the highly sought-after musician James Fauntleroy will compile all his seamless singles into a complete full-length album. But then again, we’ll take just about anything we can get from the indie-soul singer. Resurfacing after sharing “Sound So Sure” a couple weeks ago, Fauntleroy follow with his latest experimental number titled “Can’t Let You Go.” Stacked with zooming beat drops, swirling synths and an unorthodox arrangement of his vocals, the track picks up right where he left off. There’s no telling when the next one-off will come, so in the meantime, enjoy the uptempo groove below. —Shante' Merida

Local Natives, "Villainy"

Sometime special is brewing. After a three-year hiatus, Local Natives visited Zane Lowe's Beats 1 radio to debut their second single "Villainy." When artists take such long breaks between projects it makes you question whether they can stay true to the music you've come to know and love or will they have some magical revelation and completely switch it up? But after the unveiling of "Past Lives" and now "Villainy" we can confidently announce that the Natives are back with their signature sounds of hypnotic melodies and soothing harmonies sprinkled with colorful synths. The perfect introduction for Sunlit Youth on September 9th. —Trisha Cummings

Nav, "Up"

Newly buzzing Toronto artist Nav's latest single "Up" is definitely a hot ear-grabber. Co-produced by himself and Metro Boomin, Nav tells a familiar Auto-Tune-laced tale of coming up from nothing to driving around in Range Rovers. For those unfamiliar, he has dropped singles such as "Fell In Love" and his OVO Sound-aired track "The Man." Toronto stay winning. —Erin Ashley Simon

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