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Soundcheck: The 16 Best Music Releases Of The Week

Christine and the Queens, BROCKHAMPTON, 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 Christine and the Queens, BROCKHAMPTON, Alice Merton, and so many more. Turn up, tune in, and tune out.

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Chris- Christine and the Queens

Hélöise Letissier has been queering pop for ages, and Chris is a killer continuation of that. It's delicious, seductive French pop—but if you just need to sing along in English, it's a double LP with near-direct translations. 

Iridescence - BROCKHAMPTON

In case you're late to the hype, BROCKHAMPTON makes music that isn't afraid to be super queer and super emo. A blessing, truly, to hip hop. The album is packed with heavy hitters, but skip forward to "WEIGHT" if you want to hear one of the best first. 

"Why So Serious" - Alice Merton

Ahead of her highly anticipated debut album, Merton has released the visuals to its first single "Why So Serious," and they perfectly fit the punchy pop track's message. 

Million Dollars To Kill Me - Joyce Manor

I'm never ending my emo phase and I don't care! Classic pop punk for all the kids still sad about the end of Warped Tour.  

"TOOGOODTOBETRUE" - Gallant ft. Sufjan Stevens and Rebecca Sugar

From Gallant's This Does Not Fit, this collaboration truly does fit on every playlist I'm making in the near future. It's one of those rare collaborations where you can really hear the stylistic influence of each artist on the project, Gallant's smooth hip-hop/R&B vocals have met their perfect match with Sufjan's moody acoustics. 

"Step By Step" - Sia

Suddenly it feels like summer again. Sia is "so in love" in this upbeat new track.

Overgrown - Ivy Sole

Queer rapper-singer Ivy Sole released her debut LP Overgrown this week and—if the cover art is any indication—it feels earthy, raw, and real. Kinda like Ivy herself.

"Come Home" - Pip Blom

Guitars! Indie rock band Pip Blom does not disappoint with their newest single "Come Home," with lead singer Blom's vocals amplifying the moody yet up-beat track.

"Bottled Up" - Dinah Jane ft. Ty Dolla $ign and Marc E. Bassy

One of our favorite Fifth Harmonizers debut single just dropped, and you better believe it's going to be on everyone's party playlists as she teams up with Ty Dolla $ign and Marc E. Bassy.

"Since The Day I Was Born" - lostboycrow

If you haven't gotten into lostboycrow yet, now is your chance to start with his new single "Since The Day I Was Born." The wistful melody and nostalgic lyrics are preparing me for sweater weather.

"Loyal To Me" - Nina Nesbitt (Luca Schreiner Remix)

Scottish singer-songwriter dropped the remix of "Loyal To Me," amplifying her breathy vocals with Luca Schreiner's electric beats, this female empowerment anthem that you'll want to blast at the next girls night in.

"Superior Emotion" - AlunaGeorge ft. Cautious Clay

AlunaGeorge and Cautious Clay team up for a dreamy melody and telling lyrics about love, a messy kind of love that we all can't get enough of but know deep down we don't need.

BY THE SUN - Emily Hackett

Brimming with warm vocals and a classic country vibe, Emily Hackett's new EP "By the Sun" will make you wish it was summertime all over again.

"Complicity" - Celia Palli

Barcelona-born Celia Palli's new single "Complicity" is a bewitching tune that you'll want to play all weekend. This sensual tune is the first single off her new album. She explained that in Spanish "complicity" is a good word: "If one can sense complicity between two lovers, it is seen as a compliment. I asked Nashlyn to write the lyrics with me and we used the connotations that this word has in English to help us describe the deep connection in the relationship I sing about."

Acadie : Raw - Allysha Joy

If you love a gorgeous, soulful voice—which, come on, of course you do—you'll love Alysha Joy and her newly released album Acadie : Raw. Joy's classic R&B sound and captivating lyrics is a much appreciated addition to the growing list of up and coming young R&B artists.

"Guiding Light" - Mumford and Sons

We can always count on the British band to give us what we didn't even know we needed—a customarily invigorating single "Guiding Light." They even announced their new album, Delta, will drop in November to boot.