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 Troye Sivan, cupcakKe and so many more. Turn up, tune in, and tune out.
“The Good Side” - Troye Sivan
Our second taste of Troye Sivan’s forthcoming album is decidedly less upbeat than “My My My!” but it is no less liberated. Here’s a post-breakup song that swells with optimism and desire for clarity. If only all breakups could sound so sweet.
“TopBrazil” - Fischerspooner
C’mon subversion! Fischerspooner and director Tom C J Brown liberate the male body to be sexual, expressive, and submissive. We should probably say this is NSFW but let’s be real: If this video featured women, no one would blink an eye. This is a triumph.
“Duck Duck Goose” - cupcakKe
CupcakKe’s latest album, Ephorize, is a delicious collection of raunch and clever lyrics. “Duck Duck Goose” is grade A cupcakKe material. You’re never going to read children’s stories the same. CupcakKe, we are not worthy.
“Sober” - Tom Grennan
The force that is Tom Grennan is out in full force on “Sober.” Talk about being drunk in love.
“Alfie’s Song (Not So Typical Love Song)” - Bleachers
Bleachers lend their distinctive pop to the soundtrack of Love, Simon, a new LGBTQIA coming-of-age movie. “Alfie’s Song” is as tender as it is grounding. Ah, the exquisite pain of falling in love.
“Sign of the Times (Harry Styles cover)” - Post Precious
Let’s go clubbing with Harry Styles, shall we?
“Heartbeat” - Haux
Haux’s latest is yet another reason he’s the king of atmospheric bliss.
“Egyptian Luvr (feat. Aminé & Dana Williams)” - Rejjie Snow
Rejjie Snow’s versatility knows no bounds. This video, in all its dizzying editing, is smoothed out by that damn good Kaytranada beat.
“Distortion” - Mount Eerie
Memory and loss come to a head on Mount Eerie’s “Distortion.” Expect more introspection when Now Only drops March 16. The followup album to A Crow Looked at Me (Danny Brown’s favorite album of 2017) just might be even more poetic and incredibly human.
“In My View” - Young Fathers
Rich blue and orange hues amplify Young Fathers’ spectacular video that’s both tense, meta, and triumphant. Their new album, Cocoa Sugar, drops March 9.
“Walking Away” - Nightshifts
A little funk and neon-lit evenings make Nightshift’s new song your new on-the-town anthem.
“Won’t Hurt” - The Venus Project
Broods’ Georgia Nott steps out on her own with The Venus Project, an all-female project that promises to find strength in fragility.
“Saint” - VÉRITÉ
VÉRITÉ is quickly becoming a music video maestro. She delivers fashion, art, architecture, and moody introspection here. Creeped out, we are. But damn, are we captivated.
“Always feat. Zoë Johnston)” - Above & Beyond
Above & Beyond turn it down with the latest preview of their forthcoming album, Common Ground.
“Make Me Feel” - Fizzy Milk
Oh, look! BROODS’ Caleb Nott has a solo project, too! Fizzy Milk packs milky vocals and enough electronic swag to help you walk a little taller.
“Talking Pictures” - FRIGS
FRIGS are a female fronted band that hail from Toronto. They are fresh off a tour with Wolf Parade in Europe, which gives you an idea of the circles they run in. This post punk gem hits a sweet spot with a few well placed angular guitar notes. Watch out for their debut LP Basic Behaviour out 2/23 on Arts & Crafts.