Heems – “Blades”

Heems – “Blades”

The United States does not have a great track record with tolerance towards Muslims, and now, with a racist orange maniac sitting in the White House, is a particularly scary time to be a Muslim in America. Philia: Artists Rise Against Islamophobia, named after the Greek word for brotherly love, is a new project intended to promote respect and fight Islamophobia, consisting of several live shows and a compilation album featuring contributions from indie heavy-hitters like Mac DeMarco, Hamilton Leithauser, and the Dodos. The proceeds will go to benefit the work of Unity Productions Foundation, a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to combating Islamophobia. Heems, who knows a little something about the perils of being a brown person in America, is responsible for the LP’s lead single “Blades,” a fiery and confrontational piece of rap music named for the Wesley Snipes classic. Hear it below.


01 Mac DeMarco – “Don Juan”
02 Drop Electric – “Aisha And The Knife”
03 Heems – “Blades”
04 Hamilton Leithauser – “Song With No Name” (Shane MacGowan And The Popes Cover)
05 Khruangbin – “Ma Be Ham Nemiresim” (Googoosh Cover)
06 Fruit Bats – “Salamander”
07 Small Leaks Sink Ships – “Sympathetic Resonance”
08 Emel Mathlouthi – “Insanity”
09 The Dodos – “Mirror Fake”
10 Vetiver – “Lumiere”
11 John Vanderslice – “Karma Police” (Radiohead Cover)

There will also be a few digital bonus tracks along with live events in Washington, DC, Philadelphia, NYC, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and more.

Philia: Artists Rise Against Islamophobia is out 8/19 on Floating House. Pre-order it here.

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