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Soundcheck: The 11 Best Music Releases Of The Week

Waxahatchee, Seinabo Sey, and so much more

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 roundup features some of our favorite emerging and established artists, including Kesha, Troye Sivan, Gabby's World, and so many more. Turn up, tune in, and tune out.

Great Thunder - Waxahatchee

Katie Crutchfield revisited six tracks written in 2012 with a short-lived band that shares a name with this EP.  It's a bare-bones rediscovery that is absolutely worth the listen (and inevitable cathartic cry).

"Summer" - Chloe Lilac

Lilac's raspy voice and the thumping beat of the drums give this song the perfect end-of-summer mood: maybe a little drunk or hungover from the night before, the sun is still shining and there's plenty of partying left to do. No need to be bummed about the days having flown by. 

I'm A Dream - Seinabo Sey

Sey's sophomore album is a follow-up suited for such a killer debut in 2015Definitely no slump here. 

"Way Too Far" - Phony Ppl

Ethereal as hell. And because Phony Ppl got a cosign from Childish Gambino after their 2015 debut, you know they've gotta be good. 

"Rock N Roll" - Welles

"A tune in the style of, in reverence to, and for the sake of rock n' roll," as Welles put it, now accompanied by brightly hued animated visuals. 

"Huddy" - Coi Leray

Before Lil Kim walked the VFiles catwalk, Coi Leray warmed up the crowd. If you weren't lucky enough to be in the crowd, have no fear: She released an all new video this week, so now's the perfect time to get in on the excitement.

"Young" - Jaded

A banger you'll need on every party playlist during this NYFW. 

Fly - Dreamers

For the still-emo-at-heart, Dreamers shows off their talent for a grown-up take on the pop-punk/alt-rock scene we all loved when we were younger. "Misfits T-Shirt" is my current fave go-to, but give the whole thing a listen. 

"Future Hell" - Swearin'

The Crutchfield sisters are killing the game this week. Alison Crutchfield's revived punk band is gearing up for a strong October full-length release exactly one month from today, and "Future Hell" is the closer to the record. 

"Under The Rainbow" - Cursive

Not to be mistaken as an answer to the Judy Garland classic, "Under The Rainbow" is a heavy hitter off Cursive's forthcoming album Vitriola

Lady Lady - Masego

A mix of basically every good genre out there, Masego's album is packed with surprises (note the cheeky spoken track "24 Hr. Relationship featuring Kehlani that is equal parts corny and flirty).