Soundcheck: The 10 Best Music Releases Of The Week

Photo via Mitski

Ariana Grande, Mitski, Terror Jr + more

Every weekend, we're bringing 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 Ariana Grande, Mitski, Terror Jr, and so many more. Turn up, tune in, and tune out. 

"Let Me Love You" - Ariana Grande feat. Lil Wayne

Picking a favorite track off Dangerous Woman is hard, but this single definitely makes the top three. The music video for "Into You" dropped this week too, but we can't get "Let Me Love You" out of our heads no matter how sexy Don Benjamin is. (Instead, we'll pretend that he's doing Lil Wayne's verse.)

"Happy" - Mitski

By now, you should know not to take song titles literally. However, we are always filled to the brim with joy when Mitski has something new to share, whether it's in the form of a visual or a word of advice. Her latest music video goes full on horror thanks to director Maegan Houang, and we're not complaining one bit. "Happiness is up, sadness is down, but one's almost more destructive than the other,” Mitski said in a press release. “When you realize you can't have one without the other, it's possible to spend periods of happiness just waiting for that other wave.” Is it June 17 yet? We're ready for Puberty 2.

"Stars & Shards" - Loyle Carner

One of our favorite Londoners brings us a cute animation for a thought-provoking song. (We were on top of him when the track first dropped.) Sometimes, it's nice to get away from the real world and pretend that you're living in a cartoon. This man never disappoints.

"Where Did I Go" - Jorja Smith

Is everything good in the U.K.? Hailing from Walsall, this 18-year-old singer is already getting comparisons to Adele and Amy Winehouse. Even though the Cadenza-produced track is about parting ways, it will make you want to dive head first into a steamy summer fling.

"Girlfriend" - NAO

Same tempo, same place, different message. NAO is another London-based artist, but her sultry single is about the desire to settle down with somebody. We definitely felt some major Aluna Francis vibes on this electro-pop track, but it never breaks its smooth and steady rhythm. NAO's debut album, For All We Know is expected to release on July 28.

"No Matter Where We Go" - Whitney

There's so much to say about this band of boys, where to start? As the lead single from Whitney's debut album, it's definitely been one of our favorites for a while now. We loved the last video that came out, but director Alan Del Rio Oritz really captured the sense of tenderness that makes this tune so special. (This time, the boys aren't the center of attention.) Light Upon The Late is officially out on June 3 via Secretly Canadian.

"I'm Done" - The Julie Ruin

Ready to rock and roll? Press play, shout at the top of your lungs, and lose your mind. Back in April, riot grrrl icon Kathleen Hanna (previously of Bikini Kill and Le Tigre) broke her silence with the single "I Decide." The band's forthcoming album Hit Reset will be released on July 8 via Hardly Art Records.

"Meet In The Middle" - Ta-ku & Wafia

Have you been feeling vulnerable lately? This chill tune is about finding the middle ground with someone and communicating that struggle to them. The track is a collaborative effort between Ta-ku and Wafia, two of Australia's most promising artists. Their joint (m)edian EP drops on June 24.

"What's It Gonna Be?" - Shura

If you've been missing '80s pop, take a trip to Manchester. This sugary sweet jam is for all the indecisive lovers out there! (Make up your mind, boy.) There isn't a trace of R&B on this track, but that's nothing Shura's debut album can't fix. Nothing's Real is out on July 8 via Interscope/Polydor.

"Trippin" - Terror Jr

Everyone started talking about this trio after finding out that they were responsible for the song featured in this Kylie Cosmetics commercial. Obviously, that premiere wasn't setting them up to be a one-hit wonder though. This group has a ton of bangers on deck, and this track is another gem in the pop universe.

Photo courtesy of Balenciaga / Photo via @McDonaldsSverige Instagram

I'm cackling

Last year, Balenciaga released bright red square-toed mules which bore a striking resemblance to McDonald's french fry cartons. Now, the chain has fired back at the designer, threatening to release its own version of the shoes.

McDonald's Sweden posted a photo to its Instagram of a person wearing actual McDonald's fry cartons as shoes, and honestly, if there weren't yellow M's printed onto them, I'd have a hard time distinguishing them from the Balenciagas from a distance. Though the post doesn't directly reference the Balenciaga shoes, one can only assume that's who they are trolling.

McDonald's version actually makes for some pretty fly slip-ons, if you ask me. Good thing the Swedish branch of Mickey D's seems to be considering releasing the shoes if the post receives enough attention. The caption of the Instagram post translates to, "If we get 103042 likes we release these for real," though it only has about 17,000 as of publish time. These would likely cost much less than the Balenciaga shoes, which cost $545.

Internet, do your thing. I want a pair.



Photo by Gareth Cattermole / Getty Images.

It marks her third duet with Nas

Here are some words that I never expected to read or hear again: There is a new song with Amy Winehouse. But here we are in 2019, and Salaam Remi has granted me a wish. On Valentine's Day, the Grammy-nominated producer and frequent Winehouse collaborator (also responsible for hits like Miguel's "Come Through & Chill") released "Find My Love" which features rapper Nas and that powerful and haunting voice that I have come to love and cherish so dearly.

Representatives for Remi said that the Winehouse vocals were from an old jam session the two had. Remi was a producer on both of Winehouse's albums, Frank and Back to Black. "Find My Love" marks the third time Winehouse and Nas have done duets under the direction of Remi. They were previously heard together on "Like Smoke," a single from her 2011 posthumous album Amy Winehouse Lioness: Hidden Treasures, and "Cherry Wine" from Nas' 2012 album Life Is Good. Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning on July 23, 2011, before they could complete production on her third album. My heart is still broken about it as she is by far my favorite artist.

"Find My Love" is set to appear on Remi's Do It for the Culture 2, a collection of songs curated by him. Check it out, below.