Soundcheck: The 27 Best Music Releases Of The Week

    Calvin Harris, Princess Nokia, Kendrick Lamar, + many more

    by · July 01, 2017
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    Every weekend, we’re bringing 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 27 of our favorite emerging and established artists including Calvin Harris, Princess Nokia, Kendrick Lamar, and so many more. Turn up, tune in, and tune out.

    Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1 - Calvin Harris

    Fully equipped with heavy bass lines, bright synths, and star-studded features, Harris’ funky new feel-good record is an unforgettable breath of fresh air in the electro-house realm. We’ll definitely be sliding and rollin’ to your function with this joint all summer long.

    LANY - LANY

    It’s here. LANY’s self-titled debut album is finally out, in all its romantic, woeful glory. It’s a sincere portrait of we relate to one another in our 20s: messy, thrilling, maddening, saddening, but always hopeful. (You can thank the synth elements for that.)

    “G.O.A.T.” - Princess Nokia

    As if we didn’t already know, Princess Nokia proves she really is the G.O.A.T. in this trippy new visual.

    “You and I” - Toro y Moi

    Get groovy atop a piano with Chaz in his latest release off his forthcoming record, Boo Boo.

    “ELEMENT.” - Kendrick Lamar

    Lamar’s gorgeous new visual is a colorful, haunting, and honest depiction of violence.

    “Guilty Party” - The National

    The sadness is certainly palpable in this new track from The National. But even misery needs a good beat.

    “911 / Mr. Lonely (feat. Frank Ocean)” - Tyler, The Creator

    This groovy, toe-tapping new track from Tyler and Frank serves as a reminder that they need to collab more often.

    “watch” - Billie Eilish

    Billie Eilish will to give you the strength to move on from a toxic relationship (and light their car on fire) in this bubbling new single.

    “Has To Be Better” - Goldmyth

    A classically trained harpist who makes dreamy synth-pop music? Yes please!

    “Second 2 None (feat. Christine and the Queens)” - Mura Masa

    Christine and the Queens’ ethereal vocals on this airy Mura Masa track is perfect for your weekend shindig playlist.

    “Paid” - Sudan Archives

    Sudan Archives’ fresh vocals over this tribal beat will have us dancing all weekend long.

    Like A Woman - Kacy Hill

    Kacy Hill’s debut record is a polished, synth-pop masterpiece. Let the waves of her voice wash over you—and try not to drown in all her glory.

    “New York” - St. Vincent

    St. Vincent’s love/hate relationship with NYC is so relatable it hurts.

    Unplug The Delusional - KISSEY

    You might have heard KISSEY’s single, “Forget,” on the soundtrack to Netflix’s hit series, “Dear White People.” Now, the Fool’s Gold electro-pop artist continues to kick ass and take names in her eclectic new EP.

    “RX” - Grieves

    Grieves is gearing up to release his fifth studio album— but not before dropping off this vulnerable new track first.

    “Versace On The Floor” - Bruno Mars vs David Guetta

    This funky rework of Mars’ dreamy synth pop echoes serious Daft Punk vibes, guaranteed to get you lucky.

    “Back To What I Know” - Neil Frances

    Neil Frances’ new single is just what you’ve been missing. Stream “Back To What I Know,” above.

    “Masquerade” - Umii

    This colorful visual paired with Umii’s soft vocals will have you swooning to the snappy beat.

    “Shallow Digger” - Siv Jakobsen

    This brooding track from Norwegian songwriter Siv Jakobsen is just like the ocean—constantly rising, swelling, and falling.

    “Hunter” - Galantis

    Galantis’ takes us to where the wild things are for their soft-drop ode to wild nighttime love of a video.

    “Corners Of The Earth (feat. RY X)” - ODESZA

    This is some spiritual ish, y’all. A Moment Apart (out September 8) is going to rock your world, physically and metaphysically.

    “Ordinary Madness (RAC Mix)”- Joe Goddard

    RAC transforms Joe Goddard’s Electric Lines track into a slick warm, whiskey-tinged evening bop. This is what summer should sound like, always.



    Kaleidoscopes EP- Transviolet

    Is this one of the lushest electro-pop EPs to come out of the year? It is. “The Hamptons” is brilliant; “Astronaut” is your new anthem for reckless abandon.

    “I Dare You” - The xx

    We dare you not to get lost in this dreamy visual by The xx.

    “AAA” - The AAA Girls feat. Alaska Thunderfuck, Willam and Courtney Act

    Three international drag superstars joining forces for a new musical act? Honestly, say no more. Hang on to your wigs, ladies; these queens are comin’ for the charts with Access All Areas (out July 7).


    “Blinds” - Aminé

    Take it nice and slow with the Banana Boy in his synth-heavy new track.

    “I’ll Make My Money Dreaming” - Moons of Mars

    Los Angeles indie pop group Moons of Mars brings you the perfect summer single. Treat your ears with “I’ll Make My Money Dreaming.”

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