Brian Ziff


Soundcheck: The 10 Best Music Releases The Week Of January 10, 2022


Every week, we bring you #SOUNDCHECK — your destination for 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 roundup features 10 of our favorite emerging and established artists.

XO/Republic Records
“Gasoline” - The Weeknd

The Weeknd’s voice is low, brawny, and like you’ve never heard him before on this tranced out standout that opens his latest concept album, Dawn FM.(YouTube)

Neon Gold/Atlantic
“Happy Loner” - Marina

Calling all introverts, your anthem is here! “I’m happy being a loner,” Marina sings on the newly-released Ancient Dreams In A Modern Land B-side. (YouTube)

“Say It” - Sasami

Sasami’s “Say It” is a toxic radioactive cloud of stormy guitar and distorted noise with her voice emerging clear from the dust from time to time — it’s unconventional and addictive. (YouTube)

Tan Cressida / Warner Records
“Titanic” - Earl Sweatshirt

Cult rap prophet Earl Sweatshirt’s word-play is unmatched on this tight 2-minute track that goes down like watching one of those nonsensical Vine compilations. (YouTube)

“Curse Your Fail” - Broken Social Scene

Beloved indie collective Broken Social Scene is gearing up to release some rare B-sides. The first, “Curse Your Fail,” is breezy, synth-y rock, chugging along. (YouTube)

“Chitty Bang” - Leikeli47

Ring the alarm for the balaclava-clad rapper Leikeli47’s return. “Chitty Bang” is her rousing re-entrance complete with a twangy, attitude-ridden hook. (YouTube)

Captured Tracks
“Everything Is Simple” - Widowspeak

Vocalist Molly Hamilton’s gossamer voice contrasts beautifully against the rugged, country sound on “Everything Is Simple.” (YouTube)

“PHUCKBOI REJECTS” - Royal & The Serpent

A riot of shouty pop-punk tempered with a pop-leaning pre-chorus that makes its 2-minute runtime whizz by. (YouTube)

Canvasback Music
“Expiration Date” - Michelle

Michelle, a NYC-based collective of friends, have mastered the art of crafting an undeniable vibe with their laid-back, soulful songs. (YouTube)

“Entertain Me” - Ylona Garcia

Thrilling, sparkling capital P pop from breakout Australian-Filipino singer Ylona Garcia. (YouTube)

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