Every weekend, we bring you #SOUNDCHECK—your destination for the best of the best new music that's just hit the web, because you should always be prepared when someone passes you that AUX cord. This week’s roundup features some of our favorite emerging and established artists, including Phantoms ft. Vanessa Hudgens, Cher, Tiffany Young and so many more. Turn up, tune in, and tune out.
"Lay With Me" - Phantoms ft. Vanessa Hudgens
It's been a long time since "Sneakernight," but Vanessa Hudgens is back. Finally, a bop from our favorite lady that has a home other than our #tbt playlists.
"Teach You" - Tiffany Young
This video is an absolute glam masterpiece (and did you catch the cameos from Hyoyeon and Sooyoung of Girls’ Generation?).
"Nothing Matters" - Abisha
Keep your eye on this alt-R&B artist for sure.
"Old Dead Young" - Broken Social Scene
One year after the release of Hug of Thunder, the band has released what they call "fist pump towards the constant struggle of getting it right," aka what we all need a little more of right now. Backing vocals from Feist are just the icing on the cake.
Dancing Queen - Cher
I've said it before, I'll say it again: I never want ABBA to go out of style. Disco forever, especially with Cher behind the mic.
"Hold On" - Ames
The songwriter behind tracks for Tori Kelly and Rita Ora, Ames paves her way now as a vocalist. Her latest offering, "Hold On," is a letter to her younger self, a warm, hopeful message that we could all use in these trying times.
"Left Alone" - Houses
Technically not a music video, but a series of art films released in tandem with Houses' EP, Drugstore Heaven. The singer tapped your favorite actors from the '80s and '90s to create the accompanying visuals, and for "Left Alone," we're trapped in a new sitcom universe with none other than Jaleel White. Turn the volume up really loud if you want to focus on the song (which is so, so good). Otherwise, stream it here.
"Slow Slow Disco" - St. Vincent
Probably the only song in the world that deserves so many revisits. Probably the only song in the world that I'd listen to so many remakes of.
"Grow" - HOAX
Easily becoming one of my favorite new acts this fall, self-proclaimed "empathy pop sad boys" HOAX are making only the most addictive disco-inspired pop.
"Just Goes To Show" - Eliza Shaddad
The singer describes this song as "that gross, desperate, world-ending feeling that you get just as you’re being broken up with," but sonically it's anything but gross. Sing me out of my misery any day, Eliza.
"All Out Of Tears" - Z Berg
Not a single man was involved in the making of this video (hell yeah).
"When Did I Get Like This" - Allen Tate
An upbeat form of introspection, from the frontman of San Fermin.