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 Sufjan Stevens, The Vaccines, and so many more. Turn up, tune in, and tune out.
“Mystery of Love” - Sufjan Stevens
“Oh, to see without my eyes,” Sufjan Stevens sings on “Mystery of Love,” his first of second songs for the breathtaking Call Me By Your Name movie. Where the second takes place after a lover has gone, this track flourishes in a honeymoon phase. It’s only fitting the clips chosen from the film to bring this song to life capture that beguiling desire. If only Sufjan himself made an appearance.
“Don’t Delete The Kisses (Charli XCX x Post Precious Remix)” - Wolf Alice
Charli XCX and new electro-pop duo Post Precious take Wolf Alice’s indie rock gem and electrify it with a cathedral’s worth of synths and 808s. The original is already a love song for the texting age, and now it’s got a futuristic sister worth playing back-to-back.
“I Can’t Quit” - The Vaccines
The Vaccines are back and swingin’, baby! You’re gonna want to turn this one all the way up in the car.
“Hurricane” - SUMif
Looking for a new electro-pop jam to help you get through the chilly weather? SUMif’s latest is bursting with synths that’ll make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
“10” - TYSM
After a wild year of new releases and milestone Spotify streams, TYSM celebrates her success with “10.” Delicate, warm, and brimming with anticipation, TYSM has never sounded more in control and confident in her sound.
“Iron Me Out” - Toy Cars
If their previous releases are any indication, New Jersey’s Toy Cars is that kind of band that always, always delivers. They transcend the indie-rock genre, managing to evoke the intimacy of a dive bar with riffs that feel right at home in areas. “Iron Me Out,” lifted from their forthcoming album Paint Brain (out January 12), is no exception.
“Hey Heartbreaker” - Dream Wife
Welcome to Bar Lolita, where Dream Wife takes the stage as animated robots bent on freedom. If you’re going to make a great escape, might we suggest these vibes? Dream Wife makes rebellion feel so sweet.
“Crayons” - cupcakKe
CupcakKe kicks “Crayons” off with a saxo beat. Need we say more? Sure! “Crayons” is one giant, filthy middle finger to homophobia. Ladies, gentleman, and everyone in-between... this is the new Pride anthem.
“Fireworks” - First Aid Kit
First Aid Kit take us back to prom in the ’80s in their new visual.
“My Song” - H.E.R.
Step aside Ed Sheeran and Daniel Caesar. This new romantic, piano-driven track from H.E.R. is gearing up to be one of the best modern day love ballads of all time.