Ricky Reed released “Real Magic,” a gliding, double-time collaboration with Terrace Martin and St. Panther, on Tuesday. Reed is best known as the songwriter-producer behind Jason Derulo’s “Talk Dirty,” Lizzo’s “Good as Hell,” and Halsey’s “Bad at Love,” among other hits; he will release his solo debut, The Room, in August.

With it’s tempo-change and flat, high-speed drum, programming, “Real Magic” evokes a danceable corner of Nineties R&B that includes Ghost Town DJ’s “My Boo” and K.P. & Envyi’s “Swing My Way.” Quarantined listeners were able to watch Reed construct “Real Magic” in real time — tinkering with percussion patterns and speeds — earlier this year as part of his Nice Live! YouTube series, where the producer solicited demos from friends and built them into tracks on the fly while thousands of people watched.

The video series “began as a mental health exercise for me to keep from going crazy,” Reed explained earlier this year. “How can we really spread inspiration and challenge our community to shake off this freeze [during a pandemic], when anxiety puts you in that freeze state?” The answer, for Reed, involved drinking wine and live-streaming his creative process.

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