Terry O'Connor


Soundcheck: The 10 Best Music Releases The Week Of January 17, 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.

“Little Bother” - King Princess, Fousheé

One of King Princess’s best releases yet, “Little Bother” with Fousheé is a storm of synth and guitars, and lyrics about being made to feel small. It’s a striking, cinematic new sound for King Princess. (YouTube)

“oh my love” - FKA twigs ft. Rema

This reverb-drenched standout from FKA twigs’s Caprisongs is full of surprises: playful soundbites, unveiled honesty, and twigs really singing singing! (YouTube)

Warner Records
“Rush” - Raveena

Bollywood-esque sonics meet silky-smooth R&B on this delicate and joyous single from new Warner Records signee, Raveena. (YouTube)

“Surround Sound” - J.I.D ft. 21 Savage, Baby Tate

21 Savage and Baby Tate are excellent guest stars on J.I.D.’s kaleidoscopic “Surround Sound,” which seamlessly flows from a soulful Aretha Franklin sample to a thudding outro. (YouTube)

AntiFragile Music
“Reproductive” - Shamir

Shamir reasons with big picture things — life cycles, astrology, karma — on “Reproductive,” a shoegaze-y wonder with streaks of guitar that feel salvational. (YouTube)

“Lawn” - Aldous Harding

Listening to “Lawn,” the new song from eccentric Kiwi artist Aldous Harding, feels like stepping through a series of funhouse doors: endless layers of curiosities. (YouTube)

“Sweet Smell of Success” - Molly Nilsson

Sweden’s Molly Nilsson hits the feeling of living in this world on the head with this thunderous synth-pop anthem: “Couldn’t get any better I guess.” (YouTube)

“Bag” - Amanda Reifer

Rising Bajan artist Amanda Reifer chases the green on the hypnotizing “Bag,” which uniquely blends house, reggae, and pop, brilliantly.(YouTube)

“Quarry” - Barrie

NYC singer Barrie’s sweet-sounding voice swims in a pool of dreamy pop on “Quarry,” a strange, visceral love song. (YouTube)

“So My Darling” (acoustic) - Rachel Chinouriri

English singer Rachel Chinouriri sounds beautiful and unbelievable on this stripped-down remake of her 2018 hit song, “So My Darling.” (YouTube)

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