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Solange Knowles: 'Losing You' explores the paradox of hope in defeat

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Solange Knowles, sister to Beyoncé, has teamed with producer Dev Hynes for her new single, “Losing You.” Arriving at a time when the gap between R&B and electronica is rapidly closing, it’s tempting to lump Knowles’ latest in with the forerunners of this hybrid school (Frank Ocean, The Weeknd), but that would be misguided — her similarity to these artists is mostly conceptual.

Despite its digital sound, “Losing You” shares is less atmospheric and abstruse than deliberately romantic, with a simplicity that echoes ’60s girl groups. Sports evocative lyrics over an insistent, warmly danceable beat, the track captures a paradoxical blend of resignation and hope — that moment when the sun emerges after a downpour. Watch the video, shot in South Africa, below.

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