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Veteran R&B vocalist Joe's "Ain't Nothin' Like Me" (Jive).

French actress Charlotte Gainsbourg's "5:55" (Vice), with contributions from members of Air and Jarvis Cocker.

The Snoop Dogg-streered compilation "Snoop Dogg Presents the Big Squeeze" (Doggystyle/Koch).

Brazilian vocalist Bebel Gilberto's "Momento" (Six Degrees).

A new release from all-star country rock group Golden Smog, "Blood on the Slacks" (Lost Highway).

The latest album from saxophonist Joshua Redmans' trio, "Back East" (Nonesuch).

Indie hip-hop act Lifesavas' "Gutterfly" (Quannum Projects).

A posthumous album from Brazilian artist Ibrahim Ferrer, "Mi Sueno" (Nonesuch).