Soundcheck: The 15 Best Music Releases Of The Week


Sunflower Bean, Aly & AJ, MILCK, + 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 Sunflower Bean, Aly & AJ, MILCK, and so many more. Turn up, tune in, and tune out.

"I Was A Fool" - Sunflower Bean

Sunflower Bean has signed with Mom + Pop Records and with it, debuted their first new material since last year's Human Ceremony album. It's nice to hear they haven't lost one ounce of their cool.

"Body Talk" - Majid Jordan

Neon lights and trippy special effects are put to good use in this new Majid Jordan visual. Taking place during a concert in the middle of the woods (we're getting Twin Peaks red room vibes, hby?), the colorful video will definitely inspire to drop everything and start dancing.

"Comatose" - The Brinks

Your pop chillout playlist needs some new Brinks music on it. "Comatose," a new track lifted from their forthcoming EP2, will sound right at home while you kick it at home.

"Take Her Place (feat. A R I Z O N A)" - Don Diablo

A R I Z O N A brings a tender, if not a bit forlorn touch to Don Diablo's latest. Oh the things we'll do to cover the pain of heartbreak.

"I Miss You (feat. Julia Michaels)" - Clean Bandit

Clean Bandit's latest collab with rising star Julia Michaels, whose writing credits can be seen on songs for pop princesses like Demi Lovato and Fifth Harmony, is a breakup song disguised as an upbeat dance track. The video shows the group dancing in the desert in bright red getups, and the post-production effects added in give this video the perfect balance of natural and artificial.

"Creep City" - Jake Shears

Scissor Sisters' Jake Shears is here with a new tune that will get even those who don't feel like dancin', dancin'.  

"Like Gold" - Vance Joy

Vance Joy has grown immensely since his debut, blending sounds and eschewing genres to make a sound that sounds like what his soul must sound like. How very golden.

"You and Me" - shallou

shallou's ambient electronics are transformative. "You and Me" manages to find the optimism in the sometimes nerve-wracking thrill of new love.

"Dirty Sexy Money (feat. Charli XCX & French Montana)" - David Guetta & Afrojack

David Guetta delivers the perfect song to blast on your way to the club, as per usual, in his latest. Effortless cool-girl Charli XCX's vocals will inspire you to ask too much of potential hookups (or just enough, if you ask her).

In Tongues EP - Joji

Japanese creative Joji has already amassed an incredibly loyal fanbase, even though this is the first time he has formally released a collection of work. You wouldn't expect such a gentle voice to pack so much emotional intensity into a short EP, but that's exactly what he does in In Tongues. 

"I Know" - Aly & AJ

Okay, Aly & AJ. We see you and we love this reinvention y'all are doing. This, dear readers, is how you make a comeback from the early 2000s and not rest on your laurels.

"Quiet" - MILCK

Inspired by the recent deluge of victims of sexual harassment and abuse coming forward, MILCK re-recorded and re-released her song "Quiet" with a choir of survivors. This is what triumph sounds like.

"For Your Love" - Ariana and the Rose

Ariana and the Rose continues to imbue to pop world with dark, glittering sounds that are as cinematic as they are contagious. "For Your Love" will haunt you, in the best way possible.

"santa monica & la brea" - blackbear

If last week's track with Tinashe didn't do the trick, this week's blackbear release will. He's flexing some emo chops over his signature sound and man, it works so, so well.

"Timebomb" - Post Precious

Alex Winston and MS MR's Max Hershenow's new project is simply delicious. Press play, let the driving synth guide you, and get your life from that minor note on the chorus.

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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.



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"In the midst of chaos there's opportunity"

Following the travesty that was Fyre Festival, Ja Rule wants to take another stab at creating a music festival. Good luck getting that off the ground.

On Thursday, the rapper spoke to TMZ, where he revealed that he was planning to relaunch Icon, an app used to book entertainers, which is similar to Billy McFarland's Fyre app. He told the outlet that he wanted to create a festival similar to Fyre to support it.

"[Fyre Festival] is heartbreaking to me. It was something that I really, really wanted to be special and amazing, and it just didn't turn out that way, but in the midst of chaos there's opportunity, so I'm working on a lot of new things," he says. He then gets into the fact that he wants to form a music festival. "[Fyre] is the most iconic festival that never was... I have plans to create the iconic music festival, but you didn't hear it from me."

Ja Rule actually doesn't seem to think he is at all responsible for what came from Fyre Fest, claiming in a Twitter post that he was "hustled, scammed, bamboozled, hood winked, led astray." Even if that's his feeling, he should realize that anyone involved with Fyre shouldn't ever try their hand at music festivals again.