November 16, 2018 4:32 PM EST

After four years, Mariah Carey returns with a new album, settling comfortably into her style as a timelessly creative R&B artist. Anderson .Paak gets political on “6 Summers” off of his latest album, Oxnard, but still sounds like he’s having fun. Indian-American rapper-songwriter Raja Kumari blends East and West in a bold new track in advance of an upcoming EP. Mysterious crooner Allan Rayman returns with tormented rock on a new album. And on Alec Benjamin’s latest mixtape, the pitfalls of youth get examined with clear eyes and sensitive storytelling.

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