Each week, The FADER staff rounds up the songs we can't get enough of. Here they are, in no particular order.
"X-Ting" — Ebhoni
The only worse feeling than getting a phone call is getting a phone call from your ex. Ebhoni is here to remind you of the virtues of call blocking with "X-Ting," a flowing dancehall pop where past regret only makes the current bliss go down smoother.
"Medal" — Popcaan
No other song gave us a rally this week quite like this new one from Popcaan. Shouting out greats across the disciplines of sports, fine arts, and more, a perfectly autotuned Popcaan hits the right notes as he teases motivation from the listener.
"Strong Feelings" — Dry Cleaning
Not purists by any means, Dry Cleaning infuse post-punk with psychedelia on their new single "Strong Feelings." The track is tied together by lead vocalist Florence Cleopatra Shaw — her lyrics are a quiet tempest of passing thoughts that are pointless and profound, often at the same time.
"Opus" — Black Country, New Road
It's a good week for moody English rock bands embracing disparate modes of expression in sound, word, and form. "Opus," the closing track on the debut album from Black Country, New Road, is a pressure cooker of post-rock, post-punk, and klezmer, a musical folk tradition of the Ashkenazi Jews.
"Ala Vida" — El Michels Affair
Leon Michels offers a carnival of dusty soul and funk tropes fit for a parade through Narnia, or at the very least, a boom-bap producer searching for the next classic sample.