Daniel Sannwald


Soundcheck: The 10 Best Music Releases The Week Of March 21, 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.

“Candy” - Rosalía

Rosalía’s “Candy” is one of the more delicate ballads of her arresting new album, Motomami, and tells a piercing and melancholy love story. (YouTube)

Atlantic Records
“Lightning” - Charli XCX

One of the most dynamic tracks off Charli XCX’s Crash, “Lightning” hits like a pop 18-wheeler, its propulsive, pounding production as hair-raising as the weather event its named after. (YouTube)

RCA Records
“Fair” - Normani

Normani’s latest positions her as a captivating vocalist alongside being the whole entertainer package, slowing things down with rippling melodies and vocal runs. (YouTube)

“e-z (feat. Upsahl & Blu DeTiger)” - Gayle

Gayle, Upsahl and Blue DeTiger deliver the punchy Gen Z anthem of the ages with “e-z,” touching on everything from posturing on social media, isolation, and oversharing. (YouTube)

“CYBAH (ft. Lucky Daye)” - Syd

Syd and Lucky Daye glide over cosmic, psychedelic production on “CYBAH,” a slick and smooth hypnosis asking for security in a relationship. (YouTube)

“Anything But Me” - MUNA

This endlessly bouncy and bright bop from Muna encapsulates their uncanny ability to make any kind of heartbreak worth dancing to. (YouTube)

“Persuasive” - Doechii

Doechii flaunts another shade of her chameleonic abilities with the excellent single “Persuasive,” sounding like a mix of early-aughts Timbaland and the sleekest lounge music you’ve ever heard. (YouTube)

“Iced Tea” - Joyce Wrice & Kaytranada

Joyce Wrice and Kaytranda are a powerful singer-producer duo on the crisp and invigorating “Iced Tea,” which mesmerizes from its first tinkering notes. (YouTube)

“End Song” - Alex G

Alex G, Philly’s cult favorite polymath, debuts the haunting and cutting “End Song,” a track from his first film score We’re All Going To The World’s Fair. (YouTube)

Dirty Hit
“If There’s No Seat In The Sky (Will You Forgive Me???)” - Saya Gray

Canadian-Japanese song-maker Saya Gray is the latest signee to London label Dirty Hit and arrives with the amorphous and ambitious song-collage, “If There’s No Seat In The Sky (Will You Forgive Me???).” (YouTube)

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