Soundcheck: The 25 Best Music Releases Of The Week

Photo courtesy of JoJo

JoJo, Kehlani, Mitski + 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 24 of our favorite emerging and established artists including JoJo, Kehlani, Mitski, and so many more. Turn up, tune in, and tune out.

Mad Love— JoJo

She's finally back! After 10 years of wishing and waiting, JoJo has finally returned with an album that showcases her powerhouse voice and unflappable sense of perseverance. 

"Table"— Kehlani feat. Little Simz

Bars and bangers is all we need this weekend. This double dose of girl power will fire you up instantly.  

"A Burning Hill"— Mitski

With all of the drama from the debate still looming over our tired heads, Mitski is here to save the day with a soft and solemn video for her dreamy song "A Burning Hill" off of Puberty 2. Kick your feet up and let this modern-day lullaby rock you to sleep for a quick midday nap. But be warned: "Burning Hill" can cause a serious case of ennui. Listen at your own risk.

"True Disaster"— Tove Lo

 If this song is any indication, Tove Lo has dodged the sophomore slump for her forthcoming album Lady Wood

"Cranes in the Sky (Kaytranada DJ Edit)"— Solange

Take a seat at this table, because this remix is going to blow you away. What did we do to deserve all of this black excellence? 

"Faithfully"— Skylar Spence

This track is a feel-good, head-boppin' song sampling the all-mighty queen Aretha Franklin (feels like I've seen you before). Though he warns that his forthcoming album will have an entirely different direction, Spence felt it was important the world heard the last of his '80s-esque sound before it was too late. We totally agree.

"Body Moves"— DNCE 

DNCE reminds us that pop will never die in the video for their new single "Body Moves." Staying quite literal to its title with four minutes of some movin' bodies, the video features the band and some added friends jumping around to Joe Jonas' sweet falsettos. Ultra catchy, ultra sexy, and ultra mature, it isn't quite a Jonas Brothers video, but we're happy with what we've got. After months of hiding, our inner fans have run free. (Dammit, Joe.)

"Lights"— Evy Jane 

From the genius minds of Evy Jane comes their new soulful single “Lights.” A dynamic backing of violins, guitar, and synthesizer meets Evelyn’s raw vocals, producing a religious anthem for the ages. Make sure you lend an ear before the lights go out!

"Workin'"— Marlon Craft 

Business in Midtown/party in Brooklyn—the mantra for many has finally been visualized by Hell’s Kitchen MC Marlon Craft in his new track “Workin.’” With accurate old-school vibes and a flawless flow, we’re sure Craft’s voice will be filling up airwaves in the coming months. Get ahead of the trend!

"All Night (Kaytranda Extended Joint)"— Chance the Rapper and Knox Fortune

As if we didn't already love the original enough, now Kaytranda has given us a new reason to press play. If there's one thing we know for sure it's that we'll be listening to this all night, all day, and, well, probably all week to be honest. 

"Come First"— Terror Jr. 

We really couldn't have said it better ourselves. In the latest by Terror Jr., a self-described "dream pop supergroup," they're taking matters into their own hands and letting 'em know who's boss in this catchy and empowering anthem. 

"New Phone (Who Dis)"— Cakes Da Killa

Forwarding this video to all of our haters ASAP. We've all felt that surge of power in sending a "new phone who dis?" text, and Cakes Da Killa perfectly captures that addicting feeling in his latest video, directed by Ben Clarkson in conjunction with Red Bull Sound Select.

"Wings of Love"— LIV

NSFW warning! Lykke Li is making her directorial debut in this music video, and, of course, it's beautiful. The sweet sounds of LIV partnered with the vision of naked people frolicking through the woods and jumping into crystal-clear lakes is the midday escape we all need. 

"Your Eyes"— Tennyson 

Space out with this uber-psychedelic video and let the voices of this brother and sister duo guide you into another dimension. 

"Gravel to Tempo"— Hayley Kiyoko 

High school is a battleground of insecurities and people telling you to do this and be that, but you don't need us to tell you that twice. Had this song been around while we were dodging the Mean Girls, life might've been a little less about trying to fit in and more about trying to stand out while doing our own thing. No matter. The message in this song and video is the true shining star here: Dance to your own beat.

You Should Know EP— Samuel Larsen

We could sing sweet praises about this former Gleek all day long. His latest project will take your breath away, and you might just lose your voice from singing too much.

"False Alarm"— The Weeknd 

This video is not for the faint of heart, but if you're into violence and the heat of action then it will overdose you with a major adrenaline rush. 

"Losing My Mind"— Sølv

For a debut track, Sølv's "Losing My Mind" is a perfect introduction. This smoked-out single will have you feeling yourself.

"I Don't Love You Anymore"— ANOHNI

After the tour de force that was "Drone Bomb Me" and the sublime album that followed, ANOHNI continues to stun with "I Don't Love You Anymore." The song itself is gut-wrenching, but it's a whole other level of catharsis when experienced in video form.

"No More Love Songs"— Brandon Skeie

Are you looking for a bop that bops harder than most? Brandon Skeie's newest is it. He is growing into his music sensibilities and it's showing with this production. Come for the powerhouse vocals, stay for the sexiness and allure.

"Beneath"— Corey Harper

Corey Harper is the musician that will make all you "no country music" people out there embrace the genre in a way you didn't know you could.

"Good Girls"— Crystal Fighters

For those of you who grew up on bands like Architecture in Helsinki and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, there's a huge nostalgia factor in Crystal Fighters' new song. It mixes just the right amount of fun and indie together to create a track that's pure bliss. Turn this up and take a walk. It'll do your soul some good.

"Nobody Else"— Miniature Tigers

We'll be cranking this tune all the way up the moment the Sunday blues hit. The band's forthcoming album I Dreamt I Was A Cowboy officially drops on October 28.

"Under The Grave"— ROZES

Sometimes, you wake up in a relationship and feel nothing for the person you're supposed to be in love with. It happens. It sucks. But, realizing and acting on it sooner instead of later is the unselfish thing to do. That's how ROZES' latest single may be interpreted and the visual for it is mesmerizing. For ROZES, though, it's a song born from the loss of her friend and strives to remind us to focus on what's important. This girl has a bright future ahead. Soon she'll be more than the vocalist on that runaway smash by The Chainsmokers.

"Back Around"- Dessert

We still don't know how these guys haven't blown up yet because this track is a banger. The LA-based trio makes us appreciate the simple things in life.

Photo by Imani Givertz

Premiering today via NYLON

Small Talks, aka Cayley Spivey, has come a long way since starting a band, then becoming the entire band herself and forging her own fan base from the ground up. On her recent album A Conversation Between Us, she began to unpack any lingering baggage with one particular song: "Teeth." Today, she premieres the accompanying music video exclusively via NYLON.

"'Teeth' is about my personal battle with letting go of the past," Spivey tells NYLON, admitting that it's easily her favorite song off of A Conversation Between Us.

Watch the video for "Teeth" below.

Small Talks - Teeth (Official Music Video) - YouTube

Photos by Joe Maher/Getty Images, Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for TIME

Must have been pretty awkward

Taylor Swift and Sophie Turner were guests on the U.K.'s The Graham Norton Show together, which must have been awkward for Turner's husband, Joe Jonas, seeing as he also happens to be Swift's ex. I wonder if his name came up?

The interview doesn't come out until Friday night, but promotional photos show the two sharing a couch. Swift is making an appearance to perform her new single, "ME!" while Turner is promoting her new film, X- Men: Dark Phoenix. But it seems necessary for the two to be asked about Jonas.

Swift was just on the Ellen DeGeneres Show earlier this month, where she brought up the fact that she felt bad for putting Jonas "on blast" on DeGeneres' show back in 2008 by telling the audience that he broke up with her in a record-setting short phone call. But, according to Swift, she and Jonas are chill now, since it happened pretty long ago, which means she's probably already hung out with Turner and maybe even gossiped about him with her.

We can only hope that they get the chance to spill some tea on television.

Screenshot via YouTube, Photo Courtesy of HBO

"That's! His! Auntie!"

Leslie Jones has rewatched the Game of Thrones finale with a beer in hand, Seth Meyers at her side, and a full camera crew ready to take in all her glorious reactions. Spoilers ahead, but, if you haven't watched last week's episode already, that's kind of on you at this point.

When Jon Snow started to make out with Daenerys, also known as his aunt, only to stab her through the chest moments later, it was emotional whiplash for everyone watching. And, Jones' reactions—both from her first and second viewing—sum it all perfectly.

"That's! His! Auntie! [gagging noises]," Jones says before making an aside about calling the police if her uncle ever tried to do the same. But then the knife goes in, and Jones screams. "Did you see that?!" Jones asks, "Yeah bitch, that's a knife in you." Meyers points out the funniest part of all: "Why are you so upset about someone kissing their aunt but totally fine with someone killing their aunt?" Jones replies, "Because that bitch needed to go," and, well, same.

Other highlights from the comedians' rewatch include comparing Dany's victory speech to a bad improv gig, predicting that their dogs would have less of a reaction to their deaths than Drogon did to his mother's, and more.

Watch all of Jones' reactions from this Late Night clip below.

Game of Jones: Leslie Jones and Seth Watch Game of Thrones' Series Finale

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These lyrics are a lot

Robbie Tripp, aka Curvy Wife Guy, is back with a music video, titled "Chubby Sexy," starring his wife and a trio of models. In it, Tripp raps about his bold choice to find women with an average body size attractive.

The video begins with a series of statements laid over some pool water: "Curves are the new high fashion," "Chubby is the new sexy," "We Out Here." Tripp posits that these queens deserve an anthem, which they do. What they do not deserve is this Cursed Song. As he lists all the names he knows to call them by (thick, thicc, and BBW), one model (who I really, really hope was paid well) squirts some lotion down her cleavage, and Tripp begins dancing.

"My girl chubby sexy/ Call her bonita gordita," Tripp states in his chorus, before going on to compare "big booty meat" to the peach emoji. Another thing he mentions is that his wife can't find a belt that fits her waist, and that's why he calls her James and the Giant Peach. He then tries to dab. Here are some of the other Cursed highlights from his, uh, verses:

Got those Khaleesi curves/ Knows how to dragon slay
She like a dude that's woke/ We like a girl that's weighty
Some say a chubby girl that's risky/ But they ain't met a curvy girl that's frisky
Imma dunk that donk like I'm Andrew Wiggins.
Thick like an Amazon/ Built like Big Ben.

Tripp says one thing in the video that I couldn't agree more with: "She don't need a man." No, she does not. Please run. If you must, watch the entire video, below. Or send it to your nemesis!

Robbie Tripp - Chubby Sexy (Official Music Video)

Photo by Emma McIntyre / Getty Images.

See the promo here

It was bound to happen. The Kadashians and Jenners have committed themselves to letting the cameras roll on their lives, for better or for worse. So if you thought that the Jordyn Woods and Tristan Thompson cheating scandal was off limits, you thought wrong. The trailer for Sunday's episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians was just released, and it involves the famous family working through the fallout of what happened when Woods went to a party at Thompson's house.

The teaser includes the infamous clip of Khloé Kardashian screaming "LIAAAARRRRRR." It's still not explicitly clear who prompted that strong response. She could be responding to Thompson, who clearly isn't always honest. Or she could be reacting to Woods account of the events on Red Table Talk. But the most revealing moment comes when we see Kylie Jenner—who was Woods' best friend before all of this happened—react for the first time.

In a heart-to-heart conversation, momager Kris Jenner says, "For you and Jordyn, it's like a divorce." Kylie only offers this in response: "She fucked up." Based on Woods' version of events—which I'm inclined to believeThompson is the one who fucked up. Still, I'm hoping for some kind of reconciliation between the two longtime friends. Perhaps we'll have to wait until next season for that.

Check out the promo video below.