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Genre-spanning sonic releases from this week

Andra Day: Phone Dies Andra Day (aka Cassandra Monique Batie) teamed up with Anderson .Paak for “Phone Dies,” a soulful, samba-tinged, genre-blending tune that builds effortlessly over four minutes. Her rich vocals and .Paak’s polished production work together to create big summertime energy. BIIANCO: that’s what friends are for Released as a Black Mirror: Bandersnatch-like interactive video (and as a more straight-forward narrative film embedded …

Peter CottonTale feat. Jamila Woods: Breathe My Name

Peter CottonTale (aka Peter Wilkins) and Jamila Woods link up for “Breathe My Name,” a gentle but lustrous and layered song. The duo have worked together before (Wilkins produced Woods’ 2019 album, Legacy! Legacy!) and their genre-bending styles work together beautifully once again here, with elements of neo-soul, gospel, synth-pop and R&B melding together. Short, sweet and quite ethereal, the song appears on Moog Music’s seven-track …

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Post-punk, jazz, hip-hop, some '90s rave nostalgia and more new music from this week

Romy: Lifetime Romy Madley-Croft of The xx offers her first-ever official solo material (under the moniker Romy) with the uplifting “Lifetime”—a song featuring her familiar silken vocals over soaring synths. Written during lockdown, it tells a story of togetherness. “I think subconsciously the upbeat energy of the song is a reaction to the stillness and anxiety I was feeling in lockdown. I was missing the …