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An unearthed Prince original, Friendly Fires goes tropical, a soulful duet, surf rock and more music

serpentwithfeet feat. Ty Dolla $ign: Receipts serpentwithfeet (aka Josiah Wise) and Ty Dolla $ign (Tyrone William Griffin Jr) team up for “Receipts,” a sparse and stirring song—which consists of plucked strings, piano, deep bass and delicate vocals. The result is a glorious fusion of serpentwithfeet’s mystical gospel-inflected style and Ty Dolla $ign’s caramel, contemporary R&B. Minimal, but richly layered with emotion, it’s a song that …

Moto Bandit: Keanu: Weaponized

Spirited and a little silly, Nashville-based Moto Bandit (aka Ben Merlotti and Dennis Pickett) has just released their debut, “Keanu: Weaponized.” The track is intoxicatingly upbeat and anchored by surf-rock and pop-punk influences. From the duo’s off-beat lyrics (“Skinny dipping to the rhythm / I need a burger and a side of fries”) to the track’s steady crescendo, it’s a brief but infectious ride that …

The Drums: Head of the Horse

A third tease from The Drums’ forthcoming album Abysmal Thoughts (out 16 June), “Head of the Horse” might just be one of the band’s most delicate, sincere and direct. Lead singer Jonny Pierce addresses the conflict he felt as a gay child in the suburbs with two Pentecostal preacher parents. It’s a catchy track with truthful substance that puts the group’s airy, surf rock vibes …