By Raisa Bruner
April 27, 2018

Welcome to the Dirty Computer era of Janelle Monáe, featuring songs like “I Like That” that explore difference and self-acceptance over danceable R&B-meets-pop production. Singer-songwriter Shea Diamond also makes a play for self-love on the fun-loving, bluesy “Keisha Complexion.” Aussie artist Ruel is just 15, but somehow he’s already making heartbreak pop sure to connect with much more mature audiences. Justin Bieber’s longtime producer Poo Bear breaks out on his own with a new album of collaborations, including a Zara Larsson feature. And Aloe Blacc recalls a fading love on “Brooklyn in the Summer.”

Write to Raisa Bruner at raisa.bruner@time.com.

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