Soundcheck: The 15 Best Music Releases Of The Week

The Aces, Jhené Aiko, + 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 15 of our favorite emerging and established artists including The Aces, What So Not, and so many more. Turn up, tune in, and tune out.

"Fake Nice" - The Aces

Well, it's happening. L.A. quartet The Aces is gearing up to release their debut album in April and "Fake Nice" is our first taste. It is, as is the case with anything The Aces, a bright, Cali'ed-out take on youth, love, and all the trials that come with it. To put it plainly, these girls fucking rule.

"Duck Hunting" - Gundelach

Norway's Gundelach spins a tale of love, loss, and depression into a bright and tender piece of synth-pop that is nothing sort of comforting. This is a song to turn to when the going gets tough.


What did Tommy Cash do? He did that. "PUSSY MONEY WEED" goes for the win and excels. 

"Cute Thing" - Car Seat Headrest

Car Seat Headrest's new album is coming and "Cute Thing" is one of its standouts. Who else can namecheck Frank Ocean and James Brown in one song and make it feel authentic? 

"Leave It In My Dreams" - The Voidz

Julian Casablancas' band is here to deliver some much-needed toe-tapping indie to your chilly weekend. 

"Wand" - Lost In Stars

Grab the closest pair of nice headphones and strap in for one hell of a stunner. Lost in Stars' latest is a blissed-out electronic delight that truly transports the listener to another world.

"In Colour" - Wooing

Wooing explores the meaning of family in their new colorful and imaginative visual.

"Shining" - Idk Ariel

Unconventional pop fans, Idk Ariel's newest is for you. A little trap and a little psychedelia combine to make "Shining."

"Sativa (feat. Rae Sremmurd)" - Jhené Aiko

See Aiko transform into the '90s robot of our dreams in this layered video for her downtempo pop banger.

"After the Storm (feat. Tyler, The Creator & Bootsy Collins)" - Kali Uchis

This kitschy visual from Kali Uchis is giving us serious Wes Anderson vibes. 

td {border: 1px solid #ccc;}br {mso-data-placement:same-cell;}"If The Car Besides You Moves Ahead" - James Blake

New! James! Blake! This is not a drill.

td {border: 1px solid #ccc;}br {mso-data-placement:same-cell;}"The Road" - Young & Sick

A song called "The Road" deserves to be played while exploring and Young & Sick's take on the title makes a case for it.

td {border: 1px solid #ccc;}br {mso-data-placement:same-cell;}"Be Ok Again (feat. Daniel Johns)" - What So Not

Fair warning: this video features strobes. Now that's said, What So Not's new video takes us to the dreamiest of parties. "Are we ever going to be okay again?" they ask. After this video, the answer is yes.

td {border: 1px solid #ccc;}br {mso-data-placement:same-cell;}Welcome Back - Handsome Ghost

After a handful of EPs, Handsome Ghost's debut album is finally here and it does not disappoint. Tender, introspective, and deeply personal, Welcome Back lives up to the potential Handsome Ghost displayed early in their career.

"You Should Be Alone" - MIQUELA

Who is MIQUELA? No one knows, but damn does this creature create some truly delectable vibed-out songs.