Soundcheck: The 15 Best Music Releases Of The Week


SSION, Little Dragon, + 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 15 of our favorite emerging and established artists including SSION, Little Dragon and so many more. Turn up, tune in, and tune out.

"At Least The Sky Is Blue (feat. Ariel Pink)" - SSION

There's a new SSION album coming! And not only will last year's "Comeback" be on it, but this serene ambient moment will be, too! Get excited.

"Thanks 4 Nothing (Jazzi Bobbi Remix)" - Nilüfer Yanya

Nilüfer Yanya's "Thanks 4 Nothing" gets a magical, chopped-up remix that takes her pop mastery to new, eerily soothing heights.

"A Vision That's Changed" - Malena Zavala

Visions of the Golden Coast come to mind while listening to Malena Zavala's latest cut from her upcoming album, Aliso. Patient and tender, "A Vision That's Changed" is a mood worth spending some time in.

"Do You Wanna" - Hot Like Sushi

New Swiss band alert! Hot Like Sushi are pouncing on the scene with electrified pop rock and a hook that just won't quit.

"Nothing's Changed" - Isaac Waddington

Alright, soul! Let's get introspective and move forward. Waddington's latest will do that to ya.

"Need You (feat. NIKA)" - Flight Facilities

You know it's going to be a good weekend every time Flight Facilities release new music. Here, they keep it cute and chill, letting NÏKA guide the beat with a gentle eagerness.

"Best Friends" - Little Dragon

Surprise! Little Dragon dropped a new song, and it's a genuine vibe reminiscent of their OG material. 

The Iron Age - CLARA-NOVA

CLARA-NOVA's latest EP is a special slice of electropop that's nothing short of dazzling. Her understanding of atmosphere puts the EP in motion, sending listeners to a place that's ripe with possibility and joy.

"Run" - pronoun

Brooklyn's pronoun is back with her first song in over a year. This one is for all you daydreamers with a soft alt-rock itch you need to scratch. 

"Monsta" - Fedde Le Grand

The Dutch house DJ is back with an animated video guaranteed to have you on the floor in no time. 

"Rising Tide" - SSHH

This vibrant electro-punk will bring take you on an audio journey full of darkness and debauchery. Ride out the wave of this rising tide. 

"Tongue" - MNEK

MNEK's sexy new track will have you licking your lips and ready to attack that special someone in your life. 

"Strike A Pose" - Like Swimming

Like Swimming's latest feels like the kind-of song you blast in the car with friends, your hands cast euphorically towards the sky. Press play and make memories. 

Born Yesterday - Margaret Glaspy

Singer-songwriter Margaret Glaspy presents us with a bite-sized, three-track EP. But don't let its size fool you—what this EP lacks in size it makes up for in emotional and honest depth. 

"Love Me Right" - Amber Mark

Amber Mark is making it clear: She's not here for no half-assed love. She needs more, and we'll be damned if she (and we) don't get it. 

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Which one, though?

Kim Kardashian is suing fast fashion retailer Missguided, claiming that the brand uses her image to spark interest in and sell its clothing. This lawsuit comes a few days after a theory, that she may be selling her own vintage clothing designs to fast fashion brands so that they can rip them off, made its rounds on the internet.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Kardashian's attorney Michael Kump writes that "Missguided systematically uses the names and images of Kardashian and other celebrities to advertise and spark interest in its website and clothing." Other celebrities that the brand has tagged on its Instagram include Cardi B and Dua Lipa, along with the other members of the Kardashian-Jenner family.

Kump uses the example of the Yeezy dress that Kim posted to Instagram, which was ripped off by the brand within a couple of hours. "Recently, for example, after Kardashian posted a photo on Instagram of a dress that was made for her... Missguided quickly responded with its own Instagram post... boasting that it would be ripping off the design within 'a few days,'" Kump continues. "Missguided purposefully inserted Kardashian's Instagram username (@KimKardashian) into its post to capitalize on her celebrity status and social media following in promoting the sale of its upcoming product."

Kump also draws attention to the fact that the brand uses Kardashian's name so much that it may lead others to believe that she works with the brand, which, he wants to make clear, she does not: "Missguided's U.S. website has included entire pages that are devoted solely to the sale of clothing inspired by Kardashian, and on which Kardashian's name and likeness are prominently used without her permission to promote the products."

Some are noting that it's suspicious that Kardashian is not suing Fashion Nova, as well, since the brand most recently ripped off a vintage Mugler gown that Kardashian wore. Though it may be harder for Kardashian to make any claims since timestamps have revealed that the dress was made before Kardashian premiered the dress.



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He previously claimed to be a victim of a hate crime

According to reports, actor Jussie Smollett has been arrested by the Chicago Police Department. As CNN outlines, he's facing a felony charge of disorderly conduct for allegedly filing a false report. If found guilty, he could face up to three years in prison.

The Empire star previously claimed that he was the victim of a racist and homophobic hate crime on January 29. He alleged that two masked men attacked him, tied a noose around his neck, poured bleach on him, and yelled, "This is MAGA country!" Brothers Abimbola and Olabinjo Osundairo were eventually arrested and brought in for questioning, during which news broke that one appeared on Empire and the other worked as Smollett's personal trainer. Now, according to both men and reports, it's being said that Smollett paid them to "orchestrate" the attack.

Smollett's attorneys, Todd Pugh and Victor Henderson, have issued a statement regarding their client's defense. "Like any other citizen, Mr. Smollett enjoys the presumption of innocence, particularly when there has been an investigation like this one where information, both true and false, has been repeatedly leaked," they told Deadline. "Given these circumstances, we intend to conduct a thorough investigation and to mount an aggressive defense."

If this is all true, this unfortunate turn of events should in no way take away from the fact that there is an abundant number of racially and sexually motivated attacks happening all of the time. They also still remain vastly underreported, so it's essential to listen to alleged victims, always.