Soundcheck: The 16 Best Music Releases Of The Week


SOPHIE, Camila Cabello, Rhye, + 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 10 of our favorite emerging and established artists including SOPHIE, Camila Cabello, Rhye and so many more. Turn up, tune in, and tune out.

"Ponyboy" - SOPHIE

Say goodbye to the SOPHIE you once knew. This aggressive new banger is a huge departure from her soft and emotional debut—and we're here for it. 

"Walking Away (Mura Masa Remix)" - HAIM

Mura Masa turned this gleaming single from HAIM into a danceable, party-ready banger. 

"Real Friends" - Camila Cabello

Can't wait for Camila Cabello's debut solo release? Let this warm, acoustic-driven track hold you over. 

"Faded" - Said The Sky x FRND

It may be "cuffing season," but if you're single, this is the bop was made just for you—courtesy of electronic music masters Said the Sky and FRND. Turn up! 

"Honey" - Kehlani

Kehlani's new video will keep you warm as the temperature continues to drop. Anyone else in need of a tropical getaway?

"Count To Five" - Rhye

Looking to vibe to a more laidback tune this weekend? Let Rhye's slick new earworm transport you to a groovier dimension. 

"Motorsport (feat. Cardi B & Nicki Minaj)" - Migos

This luxe new video from Migos, Cardi, and Nicki probably was worth every penny. 

"Coldplay (feat. Vic Mensa)" - Mr. Hudson

We haven't heard Mr. Hudson's soulful vocal stylings since Jay-Z's "Young Forever," but his newest single just reminded us why we fell in love with the British singer in the first place. Featuring Vic Mensa, "Coldplay" will bring you some much-needed tranquility while you continue on in your search to find the perfect gifts for your loved ones. 

"Tonya Harding (In Eb major)" - Sufjan Stevens

Not gonna lie, I, Tonya was one of the films we were most excited about this year, and now we are living for this new gem from Sufjan Stevens. Serving up some inspiring Ice Princess realness, there's a magical quality to its soft nature, reminiscent of a December snowfall. 

"Milk & Honey" - Rejjie Snow

He's baaack! Snow delivers a catchy trap banger perfect for any holiday parties you've got on your radar. 

"I Could Always" - Le Youth feat. MNDR

Le Youth and MDNR want you to know that if your friends or lovers are bringing toxic energy into your life, you can always lose them. Preach!

"Lovers" - Anna of the North (Jim-E-Stack Remix)

This remix will have you seeing the world through rose-tinted glasses.

"Boy Afraid" - Saro

Let's erase the harmful idea that boys can't express their emotions, because when they admit they can be afraid and vulnerable, we get gorgeous songs like this.

"Money" - Bad Wave

Bad Wave make it clear that guys can be gold diggers too. This is equality.

"My Friends" - Bohnes

Bohnes' latest single argues that embracing your inner demons will help you embrace your true self.

"Big Gucci" - Ash Eff

Ash Eff shows us the gang life, but with a female gaze.

Photo courtesy of Balenciaga / Photo via @McDonaldsSverige Instagram

I'm cackling

Last year, Balenciaga released bright red square-toed mules which bore a striking resemblance to McDonald's french fry cartons. Now, the chain has fired back at the designer, threatening to release its own version of the shoes.

McDonald's Sweden posted a photo to its Instagram of a person wearing actual McDonald's fry cartons as shoes, and honestly, if there weren't yellow M's printed onto them, I'd have a hard time distinguishing them from the Balenciagas from a distance. Though the post doesn't directly reference the Balenciaga shoes, one can only assume that's who they are trolling.

McDonald's version actually makes for some pretty fly slip-ons, if you ask me. Good thing the Swedish branch of Mickey D's seems to be considering releasing the shoes if the post receives enough attention. The caption of the Instagram post translates to, "If we get 103042 likes we release these for real," though it only has about 17,000 as of publish time. These would likely cost much less than the Balenciaga shoes, which cost $545.

Internet, do your thing. I want a pair.



Photo by Gareth Cattermole / Getty Images.

It marks her third duet with Nas

Here are some words that I never expected to read or hear again: There is a new song with Amy Winehouse. But here we are in 2019, and Salaam Remi has granted me a wish. On Valentine's Day, the Grammy-nominated producer and frequent Winehouse collaborator (also responsible for hits like Miguel's "Come Through & Chill") released "Find My Love" which features rapper Nas and that powerful and haunting voice that I have come to love and cherish so dearly.

Representatives for Remi said that the Winehouse vocals were from an old jam session the two had. Remi was a producer on both of Winehouse's albums, Frank and Back to Black. "Find My Love" marks the third time Winehouse and Nas have done duets under the direction of Remi. They were previously heard together on "Like Smoke," a single from her 2011 posthumous album Amy Winehouse Lioness: Hidden Treasures, and "Cherry Wine" from Nas' 2012 album Life Is Good. Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning on July 23, 2011, before they could complete production on her third album. My heart is still broken about it as she is by far my favorite artist.

"Find My Love" is set to appear on Remi's Do It for the Culture 2, a collection of songs curated by him. Check it out, below.