Soundcheck: The 15 Best Music Releases Of The Week

LSD, Florence, + many more

by nylon

Every weekend, we bring you #SOUNDCHECK—your destination for the best of the best new music that's just hit the web, 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 LSD, Florence + the Machine, and so many more. Turn up, tune in, and tune out.

"Genius (feat. Sia, Diplo, Labrinth)" - LSD

Labrinth, Sia, and Diplo got together and formed a new project called LSD. (We love a pun!) "Genius" is their first release and it's a doozy. Sia shines on these menacing productions and Labrinth's swagger is unparalleled. For a song called "Genius," it certainly lives up to its title.

"Honey" - Raveena

This song could not be more aptly named. The lyrics, the groove, and Raveena’s soft vocals are all as smooth as the milk and honey she’s singing about. 

"Choirs" - ASHE

It’s pretty difficult to break the mold when the world around you wants you to conform to its standards. Ashe doesn’t worry about that though. She’s cool, collected, and ready to be herself on her new single "Choirs."

"Doing Wrong" - Isaac Waddington

We must protect Isaac Waddington at all costs. His contemporary take on jazzy pop is so incredibly refreshing. "Doing Wrong" is dripping in slicked-back cool. Put your headphones on and go walk to this song. It is truly a mood booster.

"Playwright" - Trevor Powers

There's something sinister going on in Trevor Powers' latest. Something that's can't really be described but, rather, felt. We blame it on the sparse composition punctuated with random bursts of sound that startle and shake.

"Blue Love" - easton

You probably know Easton Schirra for his photographs of your favorite celebs, but you’re about to see an entirely different side of him with his debut single. “Blue Love” has a pulsing synth beat and sultry vocals that you’ll want to play on repeat all summer. 

"Hunger" - Florence + The Machine

Florence + The Machine have a new album dropping in June called High As Hope. (Finally!) We've already gotten our first taste with "Sky Full of Song" and "Hunger" is our next. Welch describes the album as something rooted in loneliness. "Hunger" builds on that, exploring the various ways we seek love that ultimately bring us father away from it. 

Conexão EP - Amber Mark

Some soul, some Bossa Nova, and some catchy lyrics come together to create the beauty that is “Conexão.” Amber Mark brings some much needed, and slightly unexpected elements to pop music, and we’re here for it. 

"Blue Lights" - Jorja Smith

Jorja Smith’s “Blue Lights” is captivating, heartbreaking, and a necessary listen for all. With lyrics like “I wanna turn those blue lights into strobe lights,” Smith eloquently turns her hopes for a world without police brutality into a message directed straight at her hometown. 

"So Rude" - ORKID

No matter how nice you are, we all have a rude person or two in our lives (or three or four). Thankfully, ORKID has created the perfect clapback song in response to all the wrong-doers of the world. 

"MOVE" - jesse saint john

Jesse saint john's "MOVE" is a pitch-perfect pop song. The chorus is a hook and the verses burst with a flirty coyness that's alarmingly sexy and effortlessly chill.

"21st Century Liability" - YUNGBLUD

Any song that features a Brit saying "bullocks" is a win in our book.

"Body Count" - Jessie Reyez

Not only does Jessie Reyez not want to hear your body count, but she’s also just fine without your love and attention. “Body Count” is a song of freedom and independence, and we are so with her. 

"I'll Be There" - Jess Glynne

Blessed are we Jess Glynne is returning! "I'll Be There" is a tender piece of magic that uplifts and warms the soul.

"Youth feat. Khalid" - Shawn Mendes

Khalid is swiftly becoming the artist to collaborate with this year. Hopping on a Shawn Mendes track is certainly a jump. Unsurprisingly, it pays off in spades. The duo's voices melt together as they muse over growing up and growing apart.