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From a languid love song to an exhilarating electro-pop collaboration and more new music this week

Hyd: Skin 2 Skin “Skin 2 Skin” is a song “for the ponies of the world,” says Hayden Dunham in a statement about her electric new single, released under the moniker Hyd. The song, the interdisciplinary artist continues, “asserts that you get to be in your body on your own terms.” Produced and co-written by Caroline Polachek, the track’s breathy ASMR, electro-pop melodies and evocative …

The Magnetic Fields’ Stephin Merritt on Brevity, Dread + Writing Songs in Bars

We speak with the prolific singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist ahead of his seven-city tour

Beloved for creating songs that are simultaneously tender and witty, sweet and subversive, uncluttered and rich, laconic and entrancing, The Magnetic Fields’ Stephin Merritt—whose mellifluous baritone is immediately recognizable—stopped writing at the onset of the pandemic. “I gave up,” he tells us. “I started doing a lot more photography.” He gave up because Merritt’s ritual is writing exclusively in bars, an impossibility in NYC for …

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From dembow to psych-soul, engaging new tunes that traverse and transcend genre

Rico Nasty: How Ya Feel Over the weekend, Rico Nasty (aka Maria Kelly) released five new tracks that represent her inimitable style and versatility—from spacey to sweet and screamo. “How Ya Feel,” produced by JetsonMade (aka Tahj Morgan), comprises a simple rhyme style but, like everything Rico Nasty does, mesmerizes. Curtis Harding: Can’t Hide It Curtis Harding leans into his psychedelic soul roots with very …