Syd returns with a new song, "Missing Out."
Columbia Records


Soundcheck: The 10 Best Music Releases The Week Of February 15, 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.

"Missing Out" - Syd

The Internet's elusive front woman returns. "Missing Out," slick, warm, and a hit in the heart, encapsulates everything we missed in her absence.

Columbia Records

"Unseen" - Lauren Auder ft. Celeste

The ghostly saxophone is especially dreamy on this old world-sounding Lauren Auder and Celeste duet about visibility.

"Can't Let You Go" (Remix) - Stefflon Don, Tiwa Savage, Rema

U.K. rapper Stefflon Don teams up with two of Nigeria's largest exports for a slinky track that's sounds like what you'd want to blast during a midnight beach bonfire.

Quality Control

"See Red" - Pooh Shiesty

A lot of unexpected quirks on Memphis rapper Pooh Shiesty's "See Red:" its surf rock-sounding intro, and the twangy guitar beat he relentlessly raps over.

The New 1017/Atlantic

"Michelle Pfeiffer" - Ethel Cain ft. Lil Aaron

Ethel Cain's thrumming, gothic country is heavy enough to make your heart drop to your stomach.


"Strong Feelings" - Dry Cleaning

Dry Cleaning's "Strong Feelings" cleverly merges vibrant instrumentals with dry, almost escapist, spoken word.


"Technically" - Teezo Touchdown

After trying his hand at rock and pop-punk, the idiosyncratic newcomer Teezo Touchdown pivots to melancholy R&B, effortlessly.

Teezo Touchdown

"Waves" - Luna Shadows

Glittering electro-pop that nearly demands you to be bopping along with a thousand other strangers.


"Hey Boy" - Brijean

Producer and percussionist duo Brijean capture the warm glow of psychedelics on their hazy house jam, "Hey Boy."


“A hurum gi n’anya” - Mary Akpa

Clean guitar and crystal clear vocals make up the simple and beautiful "A hurum gi n'anya," musician Mary Akpa's tender and loving ode to herself.

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