10 songs you need in your life this week

A guide to the tracks we love right now. In no particular order.

Photographer Luke & Nik
October 01, 2019
10 songs you need in your life this week

Each week The FADER staff rounds up the songs we can't stop playing. Here they are, in no particular order.


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DaBaby, "INTRO"

In an unexpected but welcome turn of events, DaBaby turns inward and speaks compellingly on the more complicated events of his life: "How the fuck I make it to the top same day I lost the nigga that had me?" —SW

Lil Tracy, "Rich Dropout"

Unabashedly opening the heart has always been a cornerstone of Lil Tracy's emotional tunes, but "Rich Dropout" feels especially revealing: "You have to die for them to care," he sings. —SW

Kito, Empress Of, "Wild Girl"

Empress Of and Kito’s introspective and anthemic “Wild Girl” is all flickering 808s and acrobatic, arpeggiated bass lines — a surprising house triumph. —EA

Ebhoni, "Street Lights"

Skittering drums and a metallic drone conjure stadium-sized euphoria on Ebhoni’s “Street Lights,” as she confesses with the gut wrenching delivery of a friend: “I never meant to hurt you.” —EA

Kero Kero Bonito, "Battle Lines"

What starts as an arcade game theme quickly descends into industrial chaos, with Sarah Bonito’s saccharine vocals floating above punk-like megaphone shoutings, grinding metal guitars and laser beams. —EA

Blaqbonez, "Shut Up"

Nigerian rapper Blaqbonez exudes confidence in his music video for the no-nonsense number "Shut Up." One scene of his associates posing in wedding gowns is particularly striking. —SW

True Blue, "No Water"

“See no evil, hear no evil, drink no water” NYC-based multi-instrumentalist True Blue intones with a pixie-like delivery over a spell-binding ambience of synthesizers and the unconventional quirk of a…cowbell? —EA

Laurie Anderson, Tenzin Choegyal, Jesse Paris Smith, “Heart Sutra Song - Gone Beyond”

A rich choir of violin, cello, and Tibetan instruments form this soul-stirring cut from Laurie Anderson, Tenzin Choegyal and Jesse Paris Smith's interpretation of The Bardo Thodol — a Buddhist funerary text that one reads to guide a consciousness after death. —SW

Mount Eerie f. Julie Doiron, "Love Without Possession"

Mount Eerie’s latest, the Julie Doiron-assisted “Love Without Possession,” is a tender ode to unconditional adoration, featuring distant acoustic guitar and the duo’s symbiotic chemistry. —EA

Audrey, "Paper"

“If I love you, then it’s all about the paper” lilts alternative R&B artist Audrey on the dizzying “Paper.” Backed by a monsterized vocal sample, she exchanges her empathy for currency. —EA

10 songs you need in your life this week