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Pussy Riot Post New Song Toxic Featuring Dorian Electra

Wednesday, 24 February 2021 Written by Jon Stickler

Photo: Kevin Ulibarri

Pussy Riot have teamed up with Dorian Electra for a new song.

Produced by 100 Gecs' Dylan Brady, Toxic is a chaotic fusion of rave beats and glitchy electronics. It'll feature on a forthcoming EP expected in the spring, along with Rage, which was released by the Russian art collective earlier in February.

The track comes with a gruesome video directed by Pussy Riot co-founder Nadya Tolokonnikova, with 3D artwork by artist Ksti Hu. Tolokonnikova said:

"In 2021 Pussy Riot is going to celebrate its 10-years-anniversary. It's been 10 years of a radical experiment - of creating exclusively art that's inherently political. Every single art piece we create is political, there can't be exceptions to this rule.

"Toxic is political, because personal is political. The single reflects on the importance of self-care, cherishing your mental health and staying away from relationships that poison you. A few years ago I went through an emotionally abusive relationship (that ended up being physically abusive, too - I was being held against my will in a house we lived in).

"The best way to process trauma for me is via creating art, that's why we wrote Toxic with Dorian and Dylan. Besides music, I use other tools to convince others to put their mental health first, train themselves to recognize emotional violence and leave abusive relationships ASAP."

Alt-pop star Electra added: "I'm so honored to be featured on this track. Nadya is one of my all time favorite people, friends and collaborators and I've always been so inspired by Pussy Riot's blending of activism and art. This song came together so quickly with Nadya and Dylan in the studio - we knew we had to make something both hella abrasive and cute at the same time."

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