Soundcheck: The 15 Best Music Releases Of The Week

Cardi B, Little Boots, + so much more

by nylon

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 Cardi B, Little Boots, and so many more. Turn up, tune in, and tune out.

Invasion of Privacy - Cardi B

Cardi B pulled out all the stops for her debut. She gave us twerk anthems! She served us inspirational bops! She called out fuccbois! Honestly, what more could you want in a record? Go off, go in, and glow up. 

"The Wave" - LION BABE

Summer weather may be a few months away, but LION BABE's latest will make you feel as if you took a shot of sunshine-infused vodka. Let it warm you up. 

"Gentleman" - Gallant

Gallant's smooth new visual is reminiscent of D'Angelo's "Untitled (How Does It Feel?)." Watch now, thank us later. 

The Fifth - Mathew V

Craving a hefty dose of raw alt-soul? Look no further than Canada's Mathew V. 

Mike Dean Presents: Dermot Kennedy - Dermot Kennedy

There's history in Dermot Kennedy's voice. It's big and it's soul-shaking. His latest project will sink in your bones and rattle them with an earthy magic that, in a peculiar way, feels like home.

"That Weekend" - Boys

Planning a sweet escape with that special someone? Make sure you pack cash, have gas in your car, and play this sweet lo-fi Boys tune on repeat. 


Grocery shopping never looked naughtier in Bobi Andonov's latest. 

"A Boat To An Island On The Wall" - Ben Howard

Ben Howard's new album, Noonday Dream, is coming in early June, and "A Boat To An Island On The Wall" is our first taste. Press play and let this cinematic gem wash over you.

"Face Up" - Washed Out

Chillwave hero Washed Out is back with another leisure, bass-heavy record guaranteed to turn any bad day on its head. 

"Close (feat. Kai Straw)" - OTR

"Close" is a chilly song that's warmed by Kai Straw's soulful voice. The push and pull of its chorus is divine.

When My Heart Felt Volcanic - The Aces

It's here! The Aces' debut is 13 songs of pure, unbridled chill indie pop rock. There's not a bad song here and the flow between them is *chef's kiss*. These girls rock.

"Anna Wintour" - Azealia Banks

Okay, Azealia Banks. Okay! Ms. 212 is coming through with the throwback vibes. Press play, kiki, and feel this beat deep down in your soul.

"GOODMORNING, Goodbye" - Frenship

Electropop duo Frenship is at it again with another toe-tapping tune. You won't be able to get the melody out of your head. 

Burn - Little Boots

Little Boots' four-track EP is dark, mysterious, and bumping with underground house beats. Think of these songs like the cunning side of "New In Town." Ms. Hesketh sounds right home in this groove.

"Howlin" - Naomi Wild

Naomi Wild may not be a name you know now, but you're definitely going to be seeing it everywhere soon. Sure, she's appeared on ODESZA's biggest hits, but her solo career is just beginning. Watch her space and catch her vibe.