10 songs you need in your life this week

Tracks we love right now, in no particular order.

September 03, 2020
10 songs you need in your life this week L-R: Adrianne Lenker (Ryan Young for The FADER), Shygirl (Aidan Zamiri), Nines (Joshua Meeks Rayvon Williams)

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


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"FREAK" — Shygirl

Shygirl and Sega Bodega really built a whole sweat-slicked metropolis of nastiness with this one.

"Xxoplex" — A. G. Cook

The latest offering from A. G. Cook's forthcoming "second debut album" Apple is abrasive to the point of ascension. Epileptics, heed warning.

"Holes" — Zhala

Zhala's first track since teaming with Robyn on 2018's "Human Being" is lush, tactile, and constantly surprising.

"Watch Your Step" — Disclosure feat. Kelis

Yes, Disclosure are still out here cooking heaters. The Lawrence brothers dropped their third album last week, and it all kicks off with a collaboration with Kelis that has bestowing major Flesh Tone energy.

"Walking Flames" — Actress feat. Sampha

The closing track from British producer Actress's upcoming record Karma & Desire, which features a rare appearance from Sampha, feels like the deep breath immediately following a journey we haven't even taken yet.

"Realist" — Nines feat. Nafe Smallz & Fundz

Harlesden, London rapper Nines' new record Crabs In A Bucket is situated somewhere between triumphant and humble, a line that "Realist" toes with expertise.

"Hardwire" — Dark0

A standout on London producer Dark0’s newest project ZERO2, "Hardwire" feels simultaneously delirious and and persistent in its delivery.

"Lost One" — Jazmine Sullivan

Jazmine Sullivan could've gone big with her first single in five years. Instead, "Lost One" opts for intimate regret, pairing her striking vocals with nothing but an acoustic guitar for maximum impact.

"anything" — Adrianne Lenker

Tucked away in the Berkshires, Adrianne Lenker spent the summer writing and recording two whole records. As the light at the end of the tunnel drifts further and further away, "anything" stays locked on the idea of true connection.

"lightning" — tiger lili

Beach Bunny's Lili Trufilio is building her own mythology as tiger lili. Her first epic MIDI-Americana fantasy is "lightning," in which distance and voltage converge into something spectacular.

10 songs you need in your life this week