Soundcheck: The 10 Best Music Releases Of The Week

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Kesha, Troye Sivan, and so much more

Every weekend, we bring you #SOUNDCHECK—your destination for the best of the best new music that's just hit the web, because you should always be prepared when someone passes you that AUX cord. This week’s roundup features some of our favorite emerging and established artists, including Kesha, Troye Sivan, Gabby's World, and so many more. Turn up, tune in, and tune out.

"Body Talks" - The Struts ft. Kesha
Kesha described it best, TBH. "It's a song made for my favorite activity: boogieing."

"Rear View" - Gabby's World
Formerly Eskimeaux (and for a hot sec, Ó), Gabrielle Smith is back and better than ever. The lead single off of her forthcoming album, Beast on Beast, combines her forever-haunting vocals with a poppier rock sound; an exciting taste of things yet to come. 

Bloom - Troye Sivan
It feels like we've been waiting for this forever. Let's finish off 20GAYTEEN strong!

"Messages From Her" - Sabrina Claudio
The dramatic visuals just make this already gorgeous, somber track even better. Sit back, let the waves roll in, and take time just to think. 

"Bored" - Dev09
The first release from this singer in three years, and it's a banger. Dev09 explained, "A lot of people hear the song and think it’s emasculating, that it’s refreshing to see a role reversal with the woman in power... they say this as a compliment. I think that’s totally backwards. To me, it sounds like a sad, vulnerable, insecure girl using a sad, vulnerable, insecure guy. Nobody wins. It’s a lit song though."

"Say The Word" - Emily Vaughn ft. lostboycrow
Whether you're on the verge of locking down your boo or enjoying the last flicker of a whirlwind summer romance, this upbeat love song hits all the right notes. 

"Remind Me" - QUIÑ
QUIÑ lounging around in bejeweled pastel lingerie on silk sheets (with a voice as warm and inviting as the sun-soaked bedroom that serves as the set for her video) is absolute goals.

"Borrowed Time" - Michl
Definitely keep Michl on your radar. "Borrowed Time" is a psych-R&B track that contemplates fate and destiny, but for sure won't have you spiraling into a quarter-life crisis by the time the groovy beat stops. 

"Narcissist" - No Rome ft. The 1975
Not the collab we knew we needed, but the one we deserve! This sultry pop track is straight off of the Matty Healy-produced EP Rip Indo Hisashi, the latest from No Rome. 

"Hotel Delmano" - MUNYA
If you're not already spending your weekends dancing away in your bedroom, glass of rosé in hand, with French pop blasting through the speakers, then what are you doing? This Montreal-based singer dreamed this song up, literally, when she met a blue-skinned woman at the titular Brooklyn bar after her head had already hit the pillow. 

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.