Hot on the heels of her thrilling FADER Mix comes "Man of Me," the new single from Iran-born, NYC-based artist Sadaf. Honey, you know you got me, she sings, stretching honey out over several seconds into a molasses-like plea. Various percussive elements animate around her—clicks, insect calls, and what sound like creaking hinges—creating a tense but compelling melodic hubbub.
"My attempt at a traditional vocalist structure that can not fulfill itself, this song goes off the rails halfway through," Sadaf told The FADER in an email. "The sense of conflict in the song's structure mirrors the emotion in the churning hook—the narrator is feeling confused about an unreliable love interest: Honey, you're mine/ Honey, you lie. The dichotomy that causes her breakdown brings about the song's breakdown as well. The title, too, plays with that sense of confusion and double meanings: 'Man of Me' could refer to 'make a man out of me' or 'man that belongs to me.'" Hoss Records will release Sadaf's debut album later this year.