Soundcheck: The 17 Best Music Releases Of The Week

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Joji, The 1975, and many more

Every weekend, we bring you #SOUNDCHECK—your new 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 17 of our favorite emerging and established artists including Joji, Empress Of, Escort, and so many more. Turn up, tune in, and tune out.

Maybe it's the way he mumble-sings about being fuck-zoned over simple piano and thumping bass, or maybe it's the fact that I still can't believe Joji is also this person. Either way, I can't stop listening. 

Us - Empress Of
As Lorely Rodriguez's gentle falsetto dances along the lines of second track, "Just The Same," singing, "Something about your body makes me feel so safe/ I want you on top of me like a paperweight," it's hard not to just want to hang off her every delicately placed word. 

“Slide” - Escort
"Every playlist needs more disco" is a mantra I live by. Let Escort drag you out to the dance floor with their hypnotic rhythms. 

"Unfollow" - Mr. Little Jeans
Mr. Little Jeans, aka Monica Birkenese, encapsulates all the political angst we're dealing with and layers it on top of a synth-laden, melodic tune that suggests maybe one day we'll be okay. 

“Can’t Get Enough” - Bianca Shaw
Get to know what Taylor Bennett saw in his first-ever female signee, as she reveals her debut track since joining Tay Bennett Entertainment. Just a guess, but based off how much of a bop this is, we think Bennett should focus on adding a few more ladies to his roster. 

“Thinking Bout U” - Kodie Shane
The First Lady of Lil Yachty's Sailing Team demands to be heard with this solid track from her soon-to-be-released debut album.

“Imposible” - Luis Fonsi and Ozuna
Don't you dare try to make a "Despacito" comparison. Grab your dancing shoes and admit that our Latin faves are taking over U.S. pop charts (and hearts) forever, and for the better.

“Sisko and Kasidy” - Kweku Collins ft. Ajani Jones
Who knew this track was meant to have a sci-fi inspired video to accompany it? But it really, really was. 

"Run Rabbit Run" - Bexley
Bexley's debut single is a high-energy rock song I can't stop listening to. If her album is going to be anything like this song, I can't wait for it. 

“The 2nd Most Beautiful Girl in the World” - Snail Mail
This cover of Courtney Love's song will break your heart and put it back together in just three short minutes. Lindsey Jordan's voice will reach you over the soft chords and pull you into the lyrics.

“It’s Not Living (If It’s Not With You)” - The 1975
This single from the band's upcoming third album will have you bopping along to the beat. As with all your fave The 1975 songs, you'll have the lyrics memorized in no time. 

“Come & Go” - Adeline ft. Denitia
We unintentionally added two songs by the same artists to this list—Adeline is the vocalist of Escort—but felt the two tracks justified the repetition. Adeline is making her solo debut pretty soon, and "Come & Go" is only one of the addictive, sultry slow-burners the singer has to offer. 

“None of my Business” - Cher Lloyd
You might be over your ex, but you won't be over this song. But even if you're not over your ex, that's "none of my business"—you'll still want this song on repeat. 

Suncity - Khalid
Khalid did it again with this new EP. Empress Of also makes another appearance on our list this week, featured on the track "Suncity."

“Social” - Smallpools
This song can "take me away right now" as I dance around to it.

“Revelation (From ‘Boy Erased’)” - Troye Sivan
This soft ballad coupled with Sivan's voice makes you want to slow down and absorb every second of it—of life.

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While the song should serve as a reminder to your exes

Just a day after dropping new single "Nunya," featuring Dom Kennedy, Kehlani has released the winter-wonderland visuals to go along with. The singer, NYLON November cover star, and mother-to-be rocks some of the best winter 'fits I've seen in a while, including a glorious puffer jacket that could double as a down comforter that I absolutely need in my life right now.

Kehlani is clearly living her best life up in some snow-filled forest hideaway, vibing on the beach at sunset and sipping on something bubbly as she coolly reminds nosy exes that who she's with is "nunya business." There's not much of a story line (unlike her recent "Nights Like This" video); the main takeaway is that Kehlani is busy dancing through a forest, missing no one and chilling amongst people who are clearly not the subjects of the song.

Kehlani is only two short months away from bringing baby Adeya into the world, who she thanked for helping her get through the video process. "Shot that 7 months pregnant in da snow..." Kehlani wrote on Twitter, adding, "thank u baby for da motivation, mommy was FROZE."

Even from the womb, Adeya has been hustling hard alongside her momma. Twitter user @ODtheMC pointed out that this is already her second music video appearance, and she's not even been born.

Get some mulled wine ready and escape into Kehlani's winter getaway, below. Stay tuned for her forthcoming mixtape, While We Wait, out on February 22.

Kehlani - Nunya (feat. Dom Kennedy) [Official Music Video]



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As in Black Panther Political Party leader

It's been a running joke that the Black parents/grandparents of millennials were really confused about all of the Black Panther hoopla ahead of its 2018 release. Many of them were anticipating a movie about members of the Black Panther Political Party and didn't know who the hell T'Challa was. Well, those people are about to have their moment, and we're about to have another one.

Variety is reporting that Fred Hampton, the Black Panther leader at the center of the upcoming biopic Jesus Was My Homeboy, could be played by none other than Daniel Kaluuya. Apparently, he is in negotiations for the role. And he's not the only Black Panther alum in the mix. The Warner Bros. project is being produced by Black Panther director, Ryan Coogler. The same article reports that the forever swoon-worthy Lakeith Stanfield—who appeared with Kaluuya in Jordan Peele's Get Out—is also in negotiations, to play William O'Neal, an FBI informant who infiltrated the Black Panther Party.

Coogler and Charles King are putting together a dream cast to tell a difficult story. Hampton was killed by the Chicago Police Department, while his pregnant girlfriend lay next to him, thanks in part to information they received from O'Neal. Whenever it's out, I strongly recommend having Black Panther queued up as a palate cleanser.