Olivia Rodrigo for the cover of NYLON's soundcheck.


Soundcheck: The 10 Best Music Releases The Week Of January 11, 2021


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.

"Vibez" - ZAYN

The elusive ZAYN resurfaces with this smoldering track of layered harmonies and instant, mood-setting vibes.


"Put It Down" - Jazmine Sullivan

A heaux-positive anthem that's all about the letter D.


"Flames" - MOD SUN ft. Avril Lavigne

For a Y2K adrenaline rush, hear this scream-a-long pop-punk banger from MOD SUN with the legendary Avril Lavigne.

Nathan James

"One Step Closer" - Linkin Park (100 gecs Reanimation)

This 100 gecs-ified version of Linkin Park's "One Step Closer" is completely chaotic — and great, obviously.

Warner Records

"drivers license" - Olivia Rodrigo

Olivia Rodrigo's cinematic and wholly relatable breakup tune has taken off on TikTok, and has already gained a rare co-sign from Taylor Swift.

Geffen Records

"Reason to Believe" - Vagabon ft. Courtney Barnett

Singer-songwriters Vagabon and Courtney Barnett team up for a gentle and touching cover of Tim Hardin's "Reason To Believe," made famous by Karen Dalton.

Nonesuch Records

"Suffer and Swallow" - Alice Glass

A dark and glitchy offering from the cult electronic musician Alice Glass.

Jupiter Keyes

"Delicate Limbs" - Virgil Abloh ft. serpentwithfeet

The otherworldly serpentwithfeet sounds like the wind on this sci-fi sounding cut featuring production by Virgil Abloh.

Columbia UK

"Use Somebody" - dvsn

Toronto R&B duo dvsn reimagine Kings of Leon for the bedroom.


"Use Somebody" - dvsn

Azealia Banks's tongue-twisting flow is minimalist but catchy on her latest track with Harlem-based rapper Slim Dollars.

Chaos & Glory Recordings

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