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Vaults- "Cry No More"

A weekend playlist can usually go one of two directions: pump-up party music, or mellowed-out jams. Today definitely falls into the latter category (Fashion Week exhaustion will do that to you), and there's no better way to chill out than with Vaults' debut single. Two weeks after they popped up online, this London band remains a total internet mystery--nobody knows who these guys are, where they came from, or what their deal is. But if the gorgeous track below is any indication, this group is going places. Peppered with twinkly beats and soaring synths that swallow you up and spit you out three minutes later, "Cry No More" is a airy sonic whirlwind that's practically begging for the remix treatment (The Weeknd, you listening?). But for now, ease into Friday with some sparkly pop and get ready to relax. LIZA DARWIN

Heavenly Beat - "Honest"

Don't let the breathy vocals and pitter-patter beat fool you--this track off of John Pena's forthcoming album Prominence (out October 15 on Captured Tracks) is a far cry from dream pop. "How bad does it seem? You don't have to be honest," he moans. Well if we were to be honest, we'd say we haven't been able to stop listening to this track since it landed in our inbox. REBECCA WILLA DAVIS


Sohn - "Lessons"

The most recent release from British producer Sohn is a hypnotic and affecting track fit for the coming autumn. A pulsing loop of heavy synth runs beneath Sohn's restrained vocals, and the upsurge around the two minute mark cements the fact that this is just what we want on our fall playlist. ALISON IVES

MO - "XXX 88 ft. Diplo"

Hailing from Copenhagen, our latest Scandinavian obsession has a heart of gold. Sickly sweet harmonies and symphonic brass blasts mark MO's latest single as a prime candidate for the repeat button. Not to mention the music video. From the gold motorcycle get-up to her tightly braided 'do, we're trying to figure out if she can get any more badass. Questions relating to the appropriate dance moves for this song can be directed toward the desert scenes (bonus points if you can spot the Diplo cameo). And if you're trying to figure out how to Google her, try "Option + O." It'll help. CHANTAL STRASBURGER

Kings of Leon - "Dancing on My Own" (Robyn cover)

We thought Robyn's "Dancing on My Own" couldn't get any better after Girls' Hannah tweets "all adventurous women do" and breaks into dance with Marnie. (Yo, girl!) But Kings of Leon's cover of the electro anthem becomes just as irresistible with their slow, whiskey-drenched version. Stripping the synth and adding heavy guitar makes you realize just how honest and sad the song really is. MELODY KITCHENS

Cardi B, Avril Lavigne, and so much more

Every weekend, we bring you #SOUNDCHECK—your destination for the best of the best new music that hit the web over the course of the week. Because you should always be prepared when someone passes you that AUX cord. This week's round features 21 of our favorite emerging and established artists including Cardi B, Avril Lavigne, Tacocat, and so many more. Turn up, tune in, and tune out.

"Please Me" - Cardi B and Bruno Mars
"Please Me" will pair perfectly with all of the Valentine's Day candy you just bought on clearance. Trust me, there couldn't be a more perfect time to listen to this ultra-'90s R&B track.

Head Above Water - Avril Lavigne
I'm honestly jealous of whomever Avril is singing about on "Goddess."

Tacocat - Grains of Salt [OFFICIAL VIDEO]

"Grains of Salt" - Tacocat
When I realized Tacocat was back, I literally turned around at my desk and yelled. It's a miracle.

"Can I Talk" - Caleb Steph
Caleb Steph's debut single proves that he's ready for the spotlight.

Betty - Betty Who
"You better recognize/ That you're wasting all my time" from "The One" is my new favorite response to every "photographer" on Tinder.

"Butterfly" - Kehlani
The only thing more beautiful than this cover art is Kehlani's voice.

SASAMI - Free (feat. Devendra Banhart) (Official Video)

"Free" - SASAMI feat. Devendra Banhart
I would have never predicted a SASAMI and Devendra Banhart collaboration, but I am 100 percent not complaining.

Rex Orange County - New House

"New House" - Rex Orange County
Alex O'Connor never fails to impress me with his soulful bedroom pop, and "New House" is no exception.


"Cuz I Love You" - Lizzo
Distorted guitar paired with Lizzo's belting vocals? Chills, literally. She did that!

"Heads Gonna Roll" - Jenny Lewis
Like if Stevie Nicks' voice met Father John Misty's lyrics.

"Get Well" - Donna Missal
Donna Missal tells me everything I needed to hear about breakups on "Get Well."

"Patient" - Monica Martin
Sultry and sweet.

"Whorey Heart" - TeaMarr
TeaMarrr's bouncy new song is an excellent roast of the kind of fuckboi we all know and hate.

"Ice Me Out (Remix)" - Kash Doll
Kash Doll shows that she knows her way around a beat on "Ice Me Out."

"Lips of Lips" - Tiffany Young
Definitely catch me driving around with my windows down this summer blaring "Lips on Lips."