Stefana Fratila is a Romanian producer and vocalist now based in Toronto via way of Vancouver. Over the last few years, Fratila has been making waves with a string of experimentally-inclined cassette releases, including Tristă cu Frică, her debut on Genero Sound, a Vancouver-based feminist audio collective/label, and the Efemera LP on Trippy Tapes.
Fratila's latest single, "Dancing," which is being offered as today's XLR8R download, is a haunting cut that places Fratila's affecting vocals on top of rolling drum-machine rhythms—it also precedes an in-progress project that will be launched this summer. Of the new single, Fratila explains that the song "speaks to issues of rape culture and victim blaming that have been so normalized, particularly within the realm of male-dominated EDM scenes." The single will be released—with artwork by Marcela Huerta—alongside a music video as a limited-edition VHS, with all profits going towards Intersessions, a series of DJ workshops curated for and by women, non-binary, and queer folk.
You can pick up "Dancing" via WeTransfer below, with the physical release available to purchase via Bandcamp.