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Soundcheck: The 12 Best Music Releases Of The Week

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Zola Jesus, Stormzy, Kali Uchis, + many 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 12 of our favorite emerging and established artists including Zola Jesus, Stormzy, Kali Uchis, and so many more. Turn up, tune in, and tune out.

"Siphon" - Zola Jesus

September means Zola Jesus season. She's bringing the witchy vibes with her forthcoming album Okovi and "Siphon" holds nothing back. It continues Jesus' ruminations on life, death, grief, and the quiet things no one, aside from our personal selves, knows. Okovi drops September 8.

"Self Care" - Emmalyn

Self. Care. Is. Very. Important. We know this. We write about this. We need to be reminded of this. Emmalyn is back with this transcendent new ode to rediscovering that you, yourself, are the only one who can make you feel brand new. Get that face mask and whatever it is that makes you feel like you, turn this on, and vibe to your own vibrations.

"What You're Looking For" - John Errol

It is so beyond refreshing to hear an artist not hold anything back when it comes to talking about same-sex love, romance, and all that comes in between. John Errol is doing something special. 

"Lotto In Reverse" - Alex Lahey

Never trust someone with a Barbarella poster on their wall if they can't walk that talk. Alex Lahey's cheeky and fuzzy new song cuts right to the chase of unrequited love. Play the game, the game gets played.

"We Love (Feat. MNDR)" - TOKiMONSTA

Have you ever watched a music video and wished you could be friends with the people in it? Yeah. That's us watching TOKiMONSTA's video for "We Love." The MNDR-assisted track comes to life in the artificial light of a town fair, perfectly complementing the gang of four's infectious style.

HA! SPLICE SAMPLE PACK DEMO - SOPHIE

You wanna make music like SOPHIE? Here, SOPHIE released a sample pack of all of SOPHIE's iconic productions. Blipp. Bloop. Blop.

"Remain" - Skott

There's a reason Skott hooked us from the get-go and it's the intro vibe of this song. She continually puts out haunting, atmospheric songs. Her use of electronic harmonies here is masterful. "Remain" deserves to be listened to on repeat.

"Why Don't You Come On (feat. Khalid and Empress Of)" - DJDS

We promise you that this bright, club-ready jam will make you bust a little two-step all night long. 

"Cigarettes And Cush (feat. Kehlani)" - Stormzy

Stormzy keeps us on the edge of our seats in this exciting new visual. The surprise ending is just the icing on the cake.  

"Nuestro Planeta (feat. Reykon)" - Kali Uchis

Got a reggaeton itch you've been dying to scratch? Let this new Kali Uchis song be your cure. 


"Selfish Love" - Jessie Ware

Ware's delicate, Latin-inspired tune will have you sashaying the night away. 

"I Only Want To Please You feat. Ana Matronic" - Bright Light Bright Light

Rod Thomas' Bright Light Bright Light keeps on giving. Having just released his Tales Of The City EP earlier this summer, Thomas wastes no time between projects; his I Only Want To Please You EP is dropping this month. He debuted the EP's title track video along with the announcement, serving up a bevy of '80s-inspired camp and lite horror. (Murderock fans, anyone?) This is one dance crew people literally die to get into.

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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.

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