Soundcheck: The 36 Best Music Releases Of The Week

Lorde, SZA, Halsey + more

by nylon

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 36 of our favorite emerging and established artists including Lorde, SZA, Halsey, and so many more. Turn up, tune in, and tune out.

"Perfect Places"—Lorde

Here's a list of all the perfect places you can listen to "Perfect Places": your car, on the train, on a plane, in a jacuzzi—pretty much anywhere. The choice is yours. 

"Broken Clocks"—SZA

SZA gets real about that one ex that won't stop calling you. We don't got the time. 

Hopeless Fountain Kingdom—Halsey

It's been a year since Halsey graced our June/July cover, and we're glad she's back around this time with some new tunes. Stream her sophomore release, above. 


pnkblnkt is back, exactly one year after the release of his debut, COZY. Ironically, all we want to do now is cozy up to his new track. 

Dua Lipa—Dua Lipa

After much anticipation, Dua Lipa has finally delivered her self-titled album. We'll be bumping this record all summer long. 

"Drippin'"—Teyana Taylor feat. Migos

Teyana Taylor and Migos—what more could you ask for? 

"You Can Count on Me"—Ansel Elgort feat. Logic

This piano-filled track will make you crave more music from Elgort, collaborations with Logic, and be as excited as ever for Baby Driver. 

"The Want (Live)"—Nick Hakim

Watch Nick Hakim bring you pure psychedelic soul in this live rendition of "The Want." 

"Lights On"—H.E.R. 

She's back! H.E.R. just dropped a sensual new song for our late-night playlists. 

"Angels/Your Love"—Mr. Jukes feat. BJ the Chicago Kid

Enjoy the electrifying tunes of new age jazz by Mr. Jukes.

"Breathless"—Kingdom feat. Shacar

The Brooklyn native gets introspective and personal in the visual for his latest hit, leaving you breathless. 

"Head of the Horse"—The Drums

The whimsical hook and soft spoken vocals on this new The Drums track prove that they are back.

"Down"—Fifth Harmony feat. Gucci Mane

Fifth Harmony makes their debut as a quartet in this new club banger, featuring the one and only Gucci Mane. 

"Girlhood"- The Preatures

The Preatures have your new anthem to all things pink and punk.

"Stay for It"—RL Grime and Miguel

RL Grime and Miguel? We would have never guessed, but we're so here for it. 

"Never Thought"—Danny Sunshine

This bright, bubbling track will have you skipping throughout the day. 

"All Around the World"—Mura Masa feat. Desiigner

Desiigner and Mura Masa present the official video for their collaborative single. If trap-pop is the new thing, we're here for it. 

"Trunk"—UNIIQU3 and Yungkiid 

This song is guaranteed to make any night out memorable. 

"Paid n Full"—Dot Cromwell

Dot Cromwell has created the perfect turn-up anthem. 

"You've Got Me"—Alex Napping

Alex Napping has yet again blessed our ears with a soothing, summertime track.  

"Fear & Force"—Vagabon

A tale of young love, as told through Vagabon's angelic vocals, is all we could have dreamed of. 

"Home (Remix)"—Snoh Aalegra feat. Logic

This old-school, bass-heavy track is a '90s dream. 


The "all-american boy band" is back and ready to take over summer 2017. The band's crazy visuals and dope lyricism puts them at the forefront of artists you should know by now. 

"I Was Born"—Hanson

Hanson's "I Was Born" is all the daily motivation you'll need.

"Stone"—Jaymes Young

We can't get enough of Jaymes Young's heart-wrenching love ballad. Listen as "Stone" makes you fall in love again and miss the ex you never had.

"Lovers"—Anna of the North

Fall in love all over again with Anna of the North. Listen to the singer send us to electronic bliss in her new single, "Lovers."


We are so here for Ardyn's unique sound. "Together" is filled with synth-pop and folk goodness, twinkling pianos, and killer vocals.

"Ultimate"—Denzel Curry and BADBADNOTGOOD

Watch Denzel Curry go bar for bar in his new lethal track, "Ultimate," in collaboration with BADBADNOTGOOD. His fast-paced, quick-witted flow will change your life.

"Somebody You Found"—The Japanese House

In "Somebody You Found," The Japanese House continues to flourish in sublime ways. The Saw You in a Dream EP drops June 27.

"This Is It"—Lo Moon

Finally! Lo Moon dropped another song and it's transcendent.

"Good Times"—All Time Low

Go ahead and live your California skate park fantasy to this. We're here for it forever.

Know No Better —Major Lazer

Surprise! Major Lazer dropped an unexpected EP. Unsurprisingly, though, it's filled with bangers.


BRB, pretending our subway car is a Mazerati after listening to this banging tune from Lunice. 

"Maybe It's My First Time"—Meg Mac

Meg Mac sings her soul out in this new track about heartache. 

"O.D.D."—Hey Violet

You've got to watch this animated video for Hey Violet's edgy new single. 

"Real Life"—Duke Dumont and Gorgon City feat. Naations

This house single will not only make you dance, but also make want to ditch your digital relationship and see bae IRL.