10 songs you need in your life this week

Tracks we love right now, in no particular order.

10 songs you need in your life this week Pictured L-R: EST Gee, Tinashe, Lorde

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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“Stoned At The Nail Salon” — Lorde

If Lorde’s sophomore record Melodrama relished in the feeling of being young and beautiful, in spite of overwhelming heartbreak, “Stoned At The Nail Salon”, from next month’s Solar Power, takes an inverted approach, luxuriating in the contentment that comes with getting older. Emotionally and sonically of a piece with Lana Del Rey’s “Wild At Heart”, another recent Jack Antonoff production, it’s a mature and endearingly low-key piece. — SD

“Leith Tornn Carnal” — Proc Fiskal

On 2018’s full-length Insula, Proc Fiskal brought a Richard D. James sensibility to the patches, samples, and VSTs commonly used in grime production. “Leith Tornn Carnal” isn’t as immediately referential but retains the joy — the chorus of pixie-fied scatting dances like traces of light from a sparkler, while converging into one new and exciting voice from the Scottish producer. — JD

"Gutter" — Sitcom

Sitcom — the project of New York-based artist Jake Lazovick — sounds like he’s down and out on the set of a nineties sitcom on the bonkers first single from his sophomore album Smoothie, even tossing in a little Bell Biv Devoe moment toward the end for good measure. File under music to break the fourth wall to. — SM

“Dizzy Me” — Hey Choppi

Afrobeats and soca collide on the Trinidad and Tobago-based artist’s sexy new single, the official follow-up to his collaboration with soca icon Machel Montano. Set to appear on his upcoming, genre-bending EP Love Trip, the dance floor-ready jam feels like the perfect place to start.— SE

“Stay High (Childish Gambino Version)” — Brittany Howard

While the world waits on Atlanta season 3, Donald Glover returns to his Childish Gambino moniker to deliver a remix of Brittany Howard’s “Stay High.” The updated version of Howard’s track is rich with handclaps and falsetto vocals as Glover channels his inner Pharrel to deliver a sugary sweet love song. “Stay High” will appear on Howard’s Jaime Reimagined, out July 23. — DR

“Day 7.5093 (KeiyaA Remix)” — Nilüfer Yanya

KeiyaA pulls from dub, footwork, and new-age for this bright, enveloping Nilüfer Yanya remix. Keeping the song’s vocal intact but divorcing it from all vestiges of its indie rock past, KeiyaA’s version reveals surprising new sides to Yanya’s songwriting. — SD

“5500 Degrees” — EST Gee feat. Lil Baby, 42 Dugg, and Rylo Rodriguez

Enrgy remixes a classic Mannie Fresh beat made iconic by Juvenile and Lil Wayne, the perfect background for EST Gee to display his ambition. The hunger Gee displays on the song is contagious and forces each rapper to elevate the song beyond your average cobbled-together posse cut into something that crackles. — JD

"Bouncin" — Tinashe

The second track off Tinashe’s new record 333 is an aerodynamic distillation of what she does best: keeping her listeners absolutely drenched in sweat and making it all look and sound effortless. If you can manage to sit still and not throw ass while listening to “Bouncin,” I commend you, but I’m also deeply concerned for you. — SM

“Say What You Will” — James Blake

James Blake finds himself in a contemplative mood on “Say What You Will,” the first taste of his upcoming fifth studio album Friends That Break Your Heart. Over soft keys and a metronomic beat he sings about being “popular with the popular guys” and picking up “warning signs” along the way. Vulnerable as ever, Blake comes off like a veteran casting his mind back decades and not, say, to the dubstep era and studio sessions with Travis Scott. The world weariness may be a tad premature but Blake carries it well, locking into fragile melodies and bold compositional swings with ease. I guess that’s experience for you. — DR

“Julie” — Olamide

A sultry, dancehall-tinged Afropop banger, the Nigerian rapper’s latest sees him begging for understanding from his boo over slow, syrupy production. Lifted from his last project UY Scuti, it’s a short & sweet ode primed to keep waistlines rolling.— SE

10 songs you need in your life this week