Soundcheck: The 15 Best Music Releases Of The Week


Cardi B, Little Boots, + so much 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 15 of our favorite emerging and established artists including Cardi B, Little Boots, and so many more. Turn up, tune in, and tune out.

Invasion of Privacy - Cardi B

Cardi B pulled out all the stops for her debut. She gave us twerk anthems! She served us inspirational bops! She called out fuccbois! Honestly, what more could you want in a record? Go off, go in, and glow up. 

"The Wave" - LION BABE

Summer weather may be a few months away, but LION BABE's latest will make you feel as if you took a shot of sunshine-infused vodka. Let it warm you up. 

"Gentleman" - Gallant

Gallant's smooth new visual is reminiscent of D'Angelo's "Untitled (How Does It Feel?)." Watch now, thank us later. 

The Fifth - Mathew V

Craving a hefty dose of raw alt-soul? Look no further than Canada's Mathew V. 

Mike Dean Presents: Dermot Kennedy - Dermot Kennedy

There's history in Dermot Kennedy's voice. It's big and it's soul-shaking. His latest project will sink in your bones and rattle them with an earthy magic that, in a peculiar way, feels like home.

"That Weekend" - Boys

Planning a sweet escape with that special someone? Make sure you pack cash, have gas in your car, and play this sweet lo-fi Boys tune on repeat. 


Grocery shopping never looked naughtier in Bobi Andonov's latest. 

"A Boat To An Island On The Wall" - Ben Howard

Ben Howard's new album, Noonday Dream, is coming in early June, and "A Boat To An Island On The Wall" is our first taste. Press play and let this cinematic gem wash over you.

"Face Up" - Washed Out

Chillwave hero Washed Out is back with another leisure, bass-heavy record guaranteed to turn any bad day on its head. 

"Close (feat. Kai Straw)" - OTR

"Close" is a chilly song that's warmed by Kai Straw's soulful voice. The push and pull of its chorus is divine.

When My Heart Felt Volcanic - The Aces

It's here! The Aces' debut is 13 songs of pure, unbridled chill indie pop rock. There's not a bad song here and the flow between them is *chef's kiss*. These girls rock.

"Anna Wintour" - Azealia Banks

Okay, Azealia Banks. Okay! Ms. 212 is coming through with the throwback vibes. Press play, kiki, and feel this beat deep down in your soul.

"GOODMORNING, Goodbye" - Frenship

Electropop duo Frenship is at it again with another toe-tapping tune. You won't be able to get the melody out of your head. 

Burn - Little Boots

Little Boots' four-track EP is dark, mysterious, and bumping with underground house beats. Think of these songs like the cunning side of "New In Town." Ms. Hesketh sounds right home in this groove.

"Howlin" - Naomi Wild

Naomi Wild may not be a name you know now, but you're definitely going to be seeing it everywhere soon. Sure, she's appeared on ODESZA's biggest hits, but her solo career is just beginning. Watch her space and catch her vibe.

Photos by Joe Maher/Getty Images, Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for TIME

Must have been pretty awkward

Taylor Swift and Sophie Turner were guests on the U.K.'s The Graham Norton Show together, which must have been awkward for Turner's husband, Joe Jonas, seeing as he also happens to be Swift's ex. I wonder if his name came up?

The interview doesn't come out until Friday night, but promotional photos show the two sharing a couch. Swift is making an appearance to perform her new single, "ME!" while Turner is promoting her new film, X- Men: Dark Phoenix. But it seems necessary for the two to be asked about Jonas.

Swift was just on the Ellen DeGeneres Show earlier this month, where she brought up the fact that she felt bad for putting Jonas "on blast" on DeGeneres' show back in 2008 by telling the audience that he broke up with her in a record-setting short phone call. But, according to Swift, she and Jonas are chill now, since it happened pretty long ago, which means she's probably already hung out with Turner and maybe even gossiped about him with her.

We can only hope that they get the chance to spill some tea on television.

Screenshot via YouTube, Photo Courtesy of HBO

"That's! His! Auntie!"

Leslie Jones has rewatched the Game of Thrones finale with a beer in hand, Seth Meyers at her side, and a full camera crew ready to take in all her glorious reactions. Spoilers ahead, but, if you haven't watched last week's episode already, that's kind of on you at this point.

When Jon Snow started to make out with Daenerys, also known as his aunt, only to stab her through the chest moments later, it was emotional whiplash for everyone watching. And, Jones' reactions—both from her first and second viewing—sum it all perfectly.

"That's! His! Auntie! [gagging noises]," Jones says before making an aside about calling the police if her uncle ever tried to do the same. But then the knife goes in, and Jones screams. "Did you see that?!" Jones asks, "Yeah bitch, that's a knife in you." Meyers points out the funniest part of all: "Why are you so upset about someone kissing their aunt but totally fine with someone killing their aunt?" Jones replies, "Because that bitch needed to go," and, well, same.

Other highlights from the comedians' rewatch include comparing Dany's victory speech to a bad improv gig, predicting that their dogs would have less of a reaction to their deaths than Drogon did to his mother's, and more.

Watch all of Jones' reactions from this Late Night clip below.

Game of Jones: Leslie Jones and Seth Watch Game of Thrones' Series Finale


These lyrics are a lot

Robbie Tripp, aka Curvy Wife Guy, is back with a music video, titled "Chubby Sexy," starring his wife and a trio of models. In it, Tripp raps about his bold choice to find women with an average body size attractive.

The video begins with a series of statements laid over some pool water: "Curves are the new high fashion," "Chubby is the new sexy," "We Out Here." Tripp posits that these queens deserve an anthem, which they do. What they do not deserve is this Cursed Song. As he lists all the names he knows to call them by (thick, thicc, and BBW), one model (who I really, really hope was paid well) squirts some lotion down her cleavage, and Tripp begins dancing.

"My girl chubby sexy/ Call her bonita gordita," Tripp states in his chorus, before going on to compare "big booty meat" to the peach emoji. Another thing he mentions is that his wife can't find a belt that fits her waist, and that's why he calls her James and the Giant Peach. He then tries to dab. Here are some of the other Cursed highlights from his, uh, verses:

Got those Khaleesi curves/ Knows how to dragon slay
She like a dude that's woke/ We like a girl that's weighty
Some say a chubby girl that's risky/ But they ain't met a curvy girl that's frisky
Imma dunk that donk like I'm Andrew Wiggins.
Thick like an Amazon/ Built like Big Ben.

Tripp says one thing in the video that I couldn't agree more with: "She don't need a man." No, she does not. Please run. If you must, watch the entire video, below. Or send it to your nemesis!

Robbie Tripp - Chubby Sexy (Official Music Video)

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Photo by Emma McIntyre / Getty Images.

See the promo here

It was bound to happen. The Kadashians and Jenners have committed themselves to letting the cameras roll on their lives, for better or for worse. So if you thought that the Jordyn Woods and Tristan Thompson cheating scandal was off limits, you thought wrong. The trailer for Sunday's episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians was just released, and it involves the famous family working through the fallout of what happened when Woods went to a party at Thompson's house.

The teaser includes the infamous clip of Khloé Kardashian screaming "LIAAAARRRRRR." It's still not explicitly clear who prompted that strong response. She could be responding to Thompson, who clearly isn't always honest. Or she could be reacting to Woods account of the events on Red Table Talk. But the most revealing moment comes when we see Kylie Jenner—who was Woods' best friend before all of this happened—react for the first time.

In a heart-to-heart conversation, momager Kris Jenner says, "For you and Jordyn, it's like a divorce." Kylie only offers this in response: "She fucked up." Based on Woods' version of events—which I'm inclined to believeThompson is the one who fucked up. Still, I'm hoping for some kind of reconciliation between the two longtime friends. Perhaps we'll have to wait until next season for that.

Check out the promo video below.

Photo by Michael Gottschalk/Getty Images for Topshop Topman

We'll miss you

According to Business Insider, Topshop will close multiple Topshop and Topman locations in a step to avoid bankruptcy, including all 11 of its U.S. stores. In total, 23 stores will be shuttered globally.

This decision follows Topshop's recent filing for bankruptcy in the U.S., and a string of controversies surrounding the chairman of Topshop and Topman, Sir Philip Green. Last year, Green was investigated for sexual assaulting and racially abusing employees. Business Insider notes that though the brand thought it would fare much better in the States, it has not grown as quickly here as it expected. This is likely due to the successes of less expensive U.K.-based online retailers like ASOS.

Topshop stores first arrived here in 2009, and were met with crowds and excitement—for a time. The brand's dwindling success in the U.S. and declining revenue globally has been chalked up to a "challenging retail environment, changing consumer habits, and increased online competition," according to Ian Grabiner, the CEO of Topshop's parent company, Arcadia Group.

Arcadia Group is also submitting a restructuring plan for approval, which would involve negotiating lower rents for its shops and cutting pensions for employees in half. These proposals have not gone into effect yet. Grabiner said that the restructure and closings are a "tough but necessary decision for the business."

If you live in the U.S., you'll still be able to shop from the retailer online and at its wholesalers, such as Nordstrom—but it won't be the same as stepping into its stores.