Songs You Need In Your Life: March 2024

Songs You Need In Your Life: March 2024
Our rolling list of this month’s essential new tracks.

The FADER’s Songs You Need In Your Life are our picks for the most exciting and essential new music releases out there. Every day, we update this page with new selections. Listen on our Spotify playlist or hear them all below.

Shawny Binladen and Jwles: “L’argent”

Over a woozy flip of Moby’s “Porcelain,” Shawny spits in his quietly husky voice, even dabbling in a little French. Jwles’ flow is slithery and nimble, but his most catchy bars are legible even to those who don’t know the language. — Nadine Smith, from the March 1 edition of Rap Blog

Amaro Freitas: “Y’Y”

Brazilian piano virtuoso Amaro Freitas has proven himself a revelatory soloist, showing the instrument’s versatility by pivoting on a dime from rich jazz voicings to percussive attacks (see his inspired live performance of “Dança dos Martelos” for a visceral demonstration). Side A of his new album Y’Y comprises five towering, solitary tracks, but the back half of the record finds him in a much more pliant mode. Kicking off a run of four excellent collaborative cuts, the project’s title track is a collaboration with London woodwind shapeshifter Shabaka, and Freitas lets his partner lead. The track opens with flute and sung vocals, and when Freitas’s piano finally does enter, it’s as a shadowy, atonal entity. Only in the song’s final two minutes do the instruments enter into a more traditional duet, punctuated by jarring slams of hammer-on-string. Inspired by the meeting of the Solimões and Negro rivers outside the northwestern Brazilian city of Manaus, “Y’Y” feels in some moments like a violent collision, in others like a tender embrace. — Raphael Helfand

Låpsley: “4AM Ascension Day”

Låpsley has the kind of pristine voice that means she sounds just as at home delivering hushed ballads as she does on club tracks produced by DJ Koze. That versatility comes into play on “4AM Ascension Day,” a new song created alongside producer Jakwob that adds an element of abrasiveness to her usually immaculate sound. “A guilty mind never runs out of track,” she sings with a whisper, recalling an infidelity that altered her ability to trust and left her with “alarm bells pumping in my chest.” This sense of unease is matched in the music, with drums that steadily increase in pace, from a skippy beginning to a rib-rattling finale. Her voice, so often a pleasingly ASMR-adjacent coo, lets rip at the same time. The result is the sound of someone pushed to the limit by insecurity and coming out the other side unleashed. — David Renshaw

Two Shell, “✧ Ɉ​ᵾ​ng​Ҟ​ooҟ – Talk To Me”

Stan culture is an exhausting and toxic force within the music industry, eating away at its structure like a pernicious form of rust. I’m wary of engaging with any art that incorporates it, even ironically, thanks to a near-constant exposure to its effects daily. Two Shell, however, have found a way to break down my barrier. Named after one of the members of the K-pop supergroup BTS — you’ve probably seen “Jungkook” trending at No. 1 worldwide on Twitter at some point — the new single from the usually tricky duo (known for filling dancefloors with their wonky electro bangers, and occasionally sending imposters to perform at shows) isn’t made with a knowing wink. Instead, Two Shell opt for a stripped-down piano ballad where the lead vocals sound like a plea from behind a computer screen. The song succeeds because it sounds like standom no doubt feels like to so many: pure and passionate longing. — Jordan Darville