Soundcheck: The 16 Best Music Releases Of The Week

Lily Allen, Pale Waves, MGMT, + many more

by Hafeezah Nazim

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 16 of our favorite emerging and established artists including Lily Allen, Pale Waves, MGMT, and so many more. Turn up, tune in, and tune out.

"Trigger Bang (feat. Giggs)" - Lily Allen

Lily Allen proves once again that she's the undisputed queen of musical contradictions with this bouncy new track about substance abuse. Welcome back!

"Sticky" - Ravyn Lenae

The world needs some funk and rhythm. And you know what? Ravyn Lenae is here to give it to ya. That falsetto? Girrrrrl! 

"My Obsession" - Pale Waves

Pale Waves' latest is another sweet ode to love. We're swooning.  

"Change The Paradigm" - Austra

Austra wants you to throw all of society's expectations to the wind with this retro, '80s-inspired track.

No One Ever Really Dies - N.E.R.D

Oh, you thought N.E.R.D. getting Rihanna to rap on "Lemon" was a twist? Y'all don't even know what's in store on the full album. N.E.R.D., it's good to hear you're back.

"Call Me" - Tritonal

Ah, young love. So full of ups and downs. Relive your awkward high school days in Tritonal's relatable video. 

"When You Die" - MGMT

Girls' Alex Karpovsky makes an appearance as a really bad magician in this That 70s Show-esque visual. 

"Rockets (feat. Moe Moks)" - LION BABE

Hold up! Lemme go get my glitter eyeshadow and shiniest get-down outfit because LION BABE's Jillian Hervey's club queen Cleopatra look has us feeling some type of fabulous way.

"Tin Pan Boy" - YUNGBLUD

Wanna rage? This gritty new YUNGBLUD video will get you ready to scream from the rooftops. 

"&burn (with Vince Staples)" - Billie Eilish

Billie Eilish's mellow vibes melt with Vince Staples' hyped-up guest verse in a way that makes this song a perfect cocktail of sound.


"The Break Up" - Machine Gun Kelly

"I wish that I loved you, or that I cared," MGK says on his latest song. Way harsh, Tai.

"I Don't Want U Back" - BØRNS

Are you ready for BØRNS' forthcoming album? Are you ready to hear how heavenly he sounds with a vocoder? Press play. This is a triumph of a failed relationship.

"There Are Many Ways To Say I Love You" - Sylvan Esso

This sweet, soothing track is an homage to all the simple things we do to show our partners that we love and care for them. 

"The Weekend (Funk Wav Remix)" - SZA & Calvin Harris

2017 is SZA's year. She's comin' through with the warm vibes for dim eyes with this here Funk Wav remix. Your weekend day-party needs this.

The Gift 2 - Pia Mia

A follow up to her 2013 debut, pop princess Pia Mia provides an EP chock-full of tracks to dance to.

"Sardonic" - Saro

You will truly feel all the things when listening to Saro's latest. Grab a box of tissues!