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Soundcheck: The 10 Best Music Releases The Week Of April 11, 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.

“Another” - Muni Long

“Hrs And Hrs” singer Muni Long is back with another simmering R&B bop full of elegant vocal lines and a curious repurpose of the FaceTime dial tone. (YouTube)

World Affairs
“Bliss” - Yung Lean and FKA twigs

Yung Lean & FKA twigs’ eccentric and stylishly grungy collab, “Bliss,” is a sonic delight but a visual masterpiece. Zoom to its YouTube video for Kelly Rowland references, chandeliers on cars, and wedding chaos. (YouTube)

Urban Wyatt
“First Class” - Jack Harlow

It seemed like a major oversight that no one had sampled Fergie’s “Glamorous” before Jack Harlow did for “First Class.” But now, after hearing his brilliant reinterpretation of the classic hit, no one else has to. (YouTube)

“A New Kind Of Love” - Frou Frou

Fans of Frou Frou, the ethereal electronic duo of Imogen Heap and Guy Sigsworth, will be glad to hear that the much-beloved and long-circulated demo, “A New Kind Of Love,” has now received a proper release. (YouTube)

“Save Me” - Empress Of

There’s always something a little weird in Empress Of’s dynamic pop songs and her latest is no exception. “Save Me” is full of dramatic vocal distortions, metallic clanking, and ominous orchestral flourishes — and it’s great. (YouTube)

“That’s Where I Am” - Maggie Rogers

Hand-claps and chopped-up vocalizations add a sunny sheen to Maggie Rogers’ very ‘00s-feeling tune “That’s Where I Am,” an electric new chapter for the musician. (YouTube)

Trackmasters Entertainment/RCA Records
“Double Standard” - Fousheé

TikTok musician-turned veritable rocker Fousheé sounds dreamy and lackadaisical on this lightly psychedelic tune meditating on the differing societal standards between men and women. (YouTube)

Epitaph Records
“Why” - The Linda Lindas

The Linda Lindas member Eloise takes lead on this growly, raw, and brooding punk track about the therapy of sometimes choosing loneliness and rain over sun and love. (YouTube)

“Sophia” - Uffie

This effervescent and pink-hued dance hit from bloghouse pioneer Uffie is fizzier than a summer spritzer, and is perfect for your next indie sleaze-themed function. (YouTube)

“Golden Air” - Sun’s Signature

“Golden Air,” by Damon Reece and Elizabeth Fraser — the Cocteau Twins singer’s first song in 13 years — is a marvel: delicate, strong, and mesmerizing like a spiderweb at dawn. (YouTube)

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