“Break My Soul” comes just a week after Drake dropped his foray into house music with Actually, Nevermind. While some fans are engaged in the impossible-to-know debate of who decided to pivot first, the most meaningful takeaway is that two of music’s most ambitious creators are culling from a bustling scene of Black house musicians. Kaytranada is one of the most widely known house creators of the moment, but there are a slew of other revered house acts such as Black Coffee, Waajeed, Lady Alma, and many more. The lineage of Black house creators spans back to the ‘70s in regions like Detroit, Chicago, Baltimore, and New Jersey, and “Break My Soul” is a redux of moments from singers like Loleatta Holloway, CeCe Peniston, Martha Wash, and Crystal Waters, who augmented sleek house beats with rousing vocals and catchy, feel-good mantras. It’s no surprise that house music is a steeply Black sound, because an oppressed people has the most urge to escape into mixes of danceable tracks encapsulating collective stress in universal slogans. House is the perfect soundtrack to the “re-opening” of the world after the COVID pandemic, and “Break My Soul” is likely to inspire other artists to try their hand at the sound. As house re-emerges from underground scenes and onto the Billboard charts, let’s hope those looking to implement those sounds do it justice, and the Black progenitors of the movement can eat from this moment. —Andre Gee