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Soundcheck: The 15 Best Music Releases Of The Week

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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. 

She considers herself "one of the luckiest kids on the face of the earth"

Dani Okon, NYLON's associate creative director of video, sat down with her great-aunt, May Okon, to talk about their shared experiences—despite vastly different time frames—living as queer women in New York City. Prior to retirement, May was a journalist for the New York Daily News, having first entered the male-dominated workforce when "the boys were all at war." And, of course, she absolutely killed it. Her only regret? "Retiring at 55," she tells Dani, joking, "Who the hell knew I was gonna live to 100?"

Upon retiring, she moved out to the Hamptons with her partner and bought a home. If she had to do it all over, May says "there are a lot of things I wouldn't do," but she still considers herself "one of the luckiest kids on the face of the earth." Get to know May in the video, above.

Check out the other videos in our series where we placed queer people from different generations in conversation with one another:

Rob Smith and Eddie Jarrel Jones
Lauren Morelli and Garcia
Marlene Colburn and Naima Green
Ashlee Marie Preston and Devan Diaz

Produced by: Alexandra Hsie
Camera: Gretta Wilson + Katie Sadler
Edited by: Madeline Stedman

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Here's how they're making sure it doesn't happen

Lauren Morelli, the showrunner and executive producer for the new Netflix show Tales of the City, is fostering a space where multiple queer realities can be shown on-screen. She spoke with one of the cast members, trans actor Garcia (who plays Jake Rodriguez on the show), and, in the video above, they explore why it's wrong to treat queer stories as representative of the entire community. Tokenization is something that they both want to avoid at all costs, and they're on the right track.

Check out the other videos in our series where we placed queer people from different generations in conversation with one another:

Dani and May Okon
Rob Smith and Eddie Jarrel Jones
Naima Green and Marlene Colburn
Ashlee Marie Preston and Devan Diaz

Produced by Alexandra Hsie
Directed by Charlotte Prager
Shot by Gretta Wilson + Charlotte Prager
Edited by Gretta Wilson

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"Nothing is truly a binary"

We put non-binary activist Eddie Jarrel Jones and The Phluid Project founder Rob Smith in conversation with each other, and the two spoke some powerful truths about the continued gendering of products like makeup and clothing. Smith recalls that 30 years ago, the only way that he was able to experience the joys of playing with makeup was to work at a beauty counter. Even today, Jones notes that it's hard for non-binary femmes like them, or even trans women, to get that experience in stores.

In the video above, get a sense of why Smith created a genderless store, and see how important it is for people like Jones to have a space where they don't feel criticized for dressing like they want.

Check out the other videos in our series where we placed queer people from different generations in conversation with one another:

Dani and May Okon
Lauren Morelli and Garcia
Naima Green and Marlene Colburn
Ashlee Marie Preston and Devan Diaz

Produced by Alexandra Hsie
Directed by Charlotte Prager
Shot by Charlotte Prager + Dani Okon
Edited by Gretta Wilson

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We put the two activists in conversation

Marlene Colburn, one of the founders of the Dyke March, and Naima Green, an artist currently working on a project and archive called Pur·suit, which will document queer people of all identities, agree that it's really hard to find lesbian spaces that aren't bars. Just as hard, it seems, is to find lesbian representation that isn't white. In the video above, the two talk about how they are creating space for queer people and what that looks like within two different generations.

Check out the other videos in our series where we placed queer people from different generations in conversation with one another:

Dani and May Okon
Rob Smith and Eddie Jarrel Jones
Lauren Morelli and Garcia
Ashlee Marie Preston and Devan Diaz

Produced by Alexandra Hsie
Directed by Charlotte Prager
Shot by Dani Okon + Charlotte Prager
Edited by Charlotte Prager

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