Soundcheck: The 16 Best Music Releases Of The Week


Junglepussy, Blood Orange, + 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 16 of our favorite emerging and established artists including Junglepussy, Blood Orange, and so many more. Turn up, tune in, and tune out.

"State of the Union" - Junglepussy

Attention! Attention! We have a new State of the Union address. Nothing but respect for OUR president, Junglepussy.

"Christopher & 6th" & "June 12th" - Blood Orange

Blood Orange gifted us with two trippy, lo-fi hits in honor of Black History Month, and we couldn't ask to ring in this glorious time in a better way. 

"Open Invite" - Prince Fox

It's February, but Prince Fox's latest has us dreaming up summer parties. You don't need to tell us to "come through" twice with a drop as moving as "Open Invite" has.

"Thanks 4 Nothing" - Nilüfer Yanya 

Finally, a music video that speaks to the witch in our hearts.

Break Apart - Tenderfoot

Do yourself a favor and take some time to sit with Tenderfoot's new album. It's an album that forces you to ask yourself the big questions, to reflect, and to rebuild. Dreamy doesn't even cut it when describing their sound.

Black Panther Soundtrack - Kendrick Lamar

At long last, the Black Panther soundtrack is here and it's as glorious as the film's near-perfect reviews on Rotten Tomatoes. Lamar handled this record as one of his own and it shows—it's tenderly treated with a mix of club-ready hits and laid-back feels that'll get you even more pumped for the film's release next week. 

"Leave Me Now" - Devault

This SoCal producer has more tricks up his sleeve than "Leave Me Now" suggests, but my god are the tricks he plays here transcendent. 

Only Having A Laugh - Isabelle Brown

Not to play the age card, but at just 14-years-old, Isabelle Brown has a sound that's bursting with the soul of a seasoned woman. Friends, we have a prodigy on our hands.

"Volcanic Love" - The Aces

Another week, another pitch-perfect love song from The Aces. The vibes are strong with this one.

"Bad Fun" - courtship.

For a song called "Bad Fun," courtship. certainly knows how to make a fun video.

"Ode to Joe" - Wetware

On a darker, but necessary note, the Brooklyn band Wetware released their sophomore album this week on Dais Records. The modular synth is intricate and subtly complex like the early avant garde British band Throbbing Gristle. They really come into their own on the fourth track "Ode to Joy" which has a calculated restraint.  

"Wild Horses" - Ekaruz

Now this is how you make a debut. Ekaruz is the fast-rising duo about to take over all your playlists with their wonky, warbled take on anthemic electronic pop.

"Kiss Me Now" - UPSAHL

Valentine's Day is coming; do you have someone to kiss? Regardless, here's a musical one just for you. 

"Blue Angel (feat. Clairo)" - Danny L Harle

Even Danny L Harle's sadder songs are huge. Huge, Danny! Huge!

"Don't Wanna Know" - RIVVRS

Don't let that cosmic album art fool ya. RIVVRS' packs a homegrown grit that's grounded in rock and the blues and man, does he make it well.

"Doing Better" - Jamie Isaac

Rising artist Jamie Isaac makes music for the soul. And you'll be remiss if you don't indulge in his new downtempo track. Thank us later.  

Screenshot via Youtube

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]



Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez / Getty Images.

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.