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10 songs you need in your life this week

Tracks we love right now, in no particular order.

June 18, 2020
10 songs you need in your life this week Pictured L-R: Ntu (Carolyn Jae Sterner), keiyaA (Rahim Fortune), Pink Siifu (Cinque Mubarak)

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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"A Mile, a Way" — keiyaA

From front to back, keiyaA's debut album Forever, Ya Girl (which dropped back in March) is a fully-formed journey everyone should embark on. On "A Mile, a Way," the Chicago-born artist sharpens her focus amid swaths of gyrating synths.

Buy Forever, Ya Girl on Bandcamp.

"Break Tha Mold" — Tha God Fahim and Gabe

Already four projects deep into 2020, Atlanta's Tha God Fahim is anything if not prolific. His latest one-off, a collaboration with producer Gabe, is a regal declaration of autonomy.

Buy Tha God Fahim's music on Bandcamp.

"Gaslight" — Ntu

"Gaslight," which appears on the debut project of R&B abstractionist Ntu, is sparse and carnal. As soon as you think it's going to go one way, it warps into something else. The effect is as intoxicating as it is disorienting.

Buy Perfect Blue on Bandcamp.

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"Premium Goods" — Rodney Chrome

Rodney Chrome’s got expensive taste, and he knows how to work with it. His newest single effortlessly matches boisterous bars with a pixelated beat and uncompromising flair.

Buy Rodney Chrome's music on Bandcamp.

"I Know" — Alex Mali

The latest track from rising Brooklyn talent Alex Mali is bright and resilient: "I refuse to let adversity have it all, so I'm gonna keep on climbing even when I do fall." Bump this and stir yourself a drink.

Buy Alex Mali's music on iTunes.

"Mood Swings" — Miles Chancellor

On Miles Chancellor's new project Spook! : ACT I, the rising Philadelphia experimentalist delivers back-to-back murky, spaced-out miniatures. We're partial to the groove he works up on "Mood Swings."

Buy SPOOK! : Act I on iTunes.

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"Shakti (feat. UNIIQU3) (Remix)" — Ase Manual

Jersey just doesn't let up. When two of the club's finest — Ase Manual and UNIIQU3 — are on the same track, you already know the outcome is about to be relentlessly sweat inducing.

Buy the SHAKTI EP on Bandcamp.

"Blame It On Mohammad" — The Muslims

Durham queer punk outfit The Muslims aren’t here to mince words. “Blame It On Mohammad” kicks off the arsenal of ferocious battle cries that is their newest album, Gentrified Chicken, and yeah, it absolutely rips.

Buy Gentrified Chicken on Bandcamp.

"we need mo color." — Pink Siifu

On his essential new album NEGRO, Pink Siifu takes aim at the police state with punk fury and meditative wisdom. "we need mo color." offers an ambient breather ahead of such tracks as "run pig run." and "ameriKKKa, try no pork."

Buy Negro on Bandcamp.

"Moonshine" — James Tillman

Out of the rubble and despair, what remains? "Things may come and things may go, but not my love." James Tillman is on to something.

Buy VM2 on Bandcamp.

10 songs you need in your life this week