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.

Lil Nas X, The Regrettes, and 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 10 of our favorite emerging and established artists including Lil Nas X, The Regrettes and so many more. Turn up, tune in, and tune out.

7 EP - Lil Nas X
It's finally here, and it's everything you'd hope it'd be. Catch that yeehaw Cardi B feature.

"Expensive" - Rence ft. Noah Cyrus
I identify as the expensive love interest, thanks.

The Regrettes - I Dare You [Official Music Video]

"I Dare You" - The Regrettes
How much cuter could they get? We stan.

Kiesza - Sweet Love (Official Music Video)

"Sweet Love" - Kiesza
Haunting and hot. What more could we ask for?

Noël Wells - Sad Girl Blues

"Sad Girl Blues" - Noël Wells
My new anthem, TBH.

"Addicted" - Déyyess
I would let Déyyess sing me the phonebook.

Baby Rose - Mortal (Official Video)

"Mortal" - Baby Rose
A sultry sort of lullaby.

"Keeper" - Olivia Nelson
Already stuck in my head, and that's where I want it to stay.

Poppy - Choke (Official Audio)

"Choke" - Poppy
I can't get enough of this creepy AF beat.

"dead yet" - Gabriel Black ft. Phem
So here for this tender teen angst.


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We identify

You probably know Laura Dreyfuss, aka Loladre, from her stint on Broadway in the hit show Dear Evan Hansen. Since leaving the show, she's started writing lines for herself instead of just memorizing them. She's excited to be singing as herself now, instead of as a character, and is happy that her music reflects her own feelings. She also reveals that she loves how little the songs have in common, saying it's "representative of who I am as a person."

In the video, above, the singer talks about what drove her to make her own music, and what she's still applying from her Broadway days.

Produced by Alexandra Hsie
Shot by Charlotte Prager + Gretta Wilson
Edited by Madeline Stedman

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