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Soundcheck: The 11 Best Music Releases The Week Of February 28, 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 11 of our favorite emerging and established artists.

“I’m Tired” - Labrinth, Zendaya

The haunting ballad that closes the end of Euphoria’s Season 2 has now been officially released, this time including both Labrinth’s and Zendaya’s spectral vocals. (YouTube)

“Little Story” - Kehlani

Kehlani searches for closure on “Little Story,” a gorgeous and streaky ballad with a ceaseless, compelling melody that flows like waves. (YouTube)

“PBC” - Flo Milli

Flo Milli gives the world another acronym to aspire to with “PBC” — pretty, Black, cute — a stripped back and revved-up rap track. (YouTube)

“Beg For You (A. G. Cook Remix)” - Charli XCX, feat. Vernon, Rina Sawayama

A. G. Cook somehow managed to push Charli XCX’s “Beg For You” to transcendent new levels with punchy production and ethereal vocals from Seventeen’s Vernon. (YouTube)

“Dragging My Life Into A Dream” - Girlpool

Girlpool gets sad and folksy on “Dragging My Life Into A Dream,” a lovely tune about wanting to succumb to our fantasies. (YouTube)

“Not A Love Song” - Sasami

After half an hour of heavy metal, Sasami’s album Squeeze ends on the austere “Not A Love Song,” a radiant rock hymnal that reaches for the sublime. (YouTube)

Juliet Records
“MSR” - Ian Isiah

Jazzy drums, sky-high vocalizations, and looping chants of the mantra, “You’ve got to make some room,” all animate NYC musician Ian Isiah’s meditative new single. (YouTube)

“91” - Adult Mom

Adult Mom’s purifying rush of indie folk on “91” mimics the release of speeding down the highway after a breakup, as told by its lyrics. (YouTube)

“Loose” - Grace Ives

Eclectic art pop song-maker Grace Ives collages together a symphony of sound and hazy distortion on her hypnotic new song, “Loose.” (YouTube)


TSHA’s vigorous and hurtling new club jam “BOYZ” is where we’re sourcing all the energy we need to get through the week. (SoundCloud)

Warner Records
“dying on the inside” - Nessa Barrett

Nessa Barrett sings about her mental health and body image struggles for the first time on her crashing alt-pop track, “dying on the inside.” (YouTube)

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