Each week, The FADER staff rounds up the songs we can't get enough of. Here they are, in no particular order.
"No More Cake" — CHAI
When Japanese bubblegum punk quartet CHAI mention "cake" here, they're talking about excessive makeup. But I also like to imagine it in the French revolutionary sense — guillotine disco pomp, if you will.
"Eyes Of My Mind" — Axel Boman
There's a grim self-diagnosis at the core of Swedish producer Axel Boman's latest creation. Here, as one sense dissipates, the others bloom to life with near-psychedelic splendor.
"Bit of Rain" — Empress Of
Few things are as certain these days as Lorely Rodriguez's ability to craft some of the glossiest pop hooks in the game. On her newest LP, I'm Your Empress Of, "Bit of Rain" drips with excellence. Forget an umbrella, let's get drenched.
"Power Freaks" — Jean Dawson
On his latest, Jean Dawson effortlessly oscillates between Cudi existentialism and Blink-182 brattiness, all while hanging out of a box truck. Yeah, it's fun as hell.
"I Love Louis Cole" — Thundercat
What do you get when you combine equal parts Thundercat, Louis Cole, and Flying Lotus? Three minutes and 25 seconds of pure concentrated adrenaline.
"Makeitliveforever" — Knxwledge
Look, if we're going to be locked in our apartments for weeks on end, at least there's a new Knxwledge album to make it all feel cinematic. "Makeitliveforever" sounds like waking, baking, and staring at the ceiling.
"Kyoto" — Phoebe Bridgers
Traveling around Japan doesn't necessarily untangle Phoebe Bridgers from what's going down on the homefront, but on the relentlessly catchy "Kyoto," the ever-changing scenery is just enough to put it all into perspective.
"Ginkgo Biloba" — Rone
French producer Rone has a new album, Room With A View, due out later this month. Its third single, "Ginkgo Biloba," is a feast of carnal excess, interpreted in the lushest way imaginable.
"Hallucinate" — Dua Lipa
Dua Lipa's new album Future Nostalgia is packed with enough early-aughts serotonin to distract from imminent armageddon. If I'm forced to pick a favorite, it's gotta be "Hallucinate," based off that ecstasy-inducing chord progression alone.
"Dear April" — Frank Ocean
"Dear April" feels like classic Frank Ocean in the sense that it will have you curled up in fetal position within the first, like, eight seconds.