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Soundcheck: The 10 Best Music Releases The Week Of April 26, 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.

“He Said She Said” - CHVRCHES

CHVRCHES return with a bright new single that leaps off the blissful synth-pop sound that ruled the early 2010s.

Glassnote Records

“Introvert” - Little Simz

U.K. rapper Little Simz attempts to make sense of her place in the world on her visceral new single, “Introvert.”

AGE 101

“21/04/20” - Kero Kero Bonito

Kero Kero Bonito remain the masters of joyful but eclectic electronic pop.


“Sorry” - Deb Never

Deb Never pushes her music to a higher plane on this song and video combo that’s mesmerizing to experience.

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“Strawberry” - Doss

Hoping heaven is just this shoegaze-y stunner-of-a-song on loop.

Lucky Me

“Devil In Me” - Pretty Sick

Courtney Love meets downtown New York grime.


“Look The Other Way” - Sour Widows

Unhurried indie rock that feels like a jostling drive through miles of sand and beach grass, courtesy of Bay Area rockers Sour Widows.

Exploding In Sound

“Ghost” - Zoe Wees

This dark, cinematic pop song by German newcomer Zoe Wees checks all the emo drama boxes.

“Texas” - James Ivy

NYC musician James Ivy delivers a gritty pop-punky anthem with glitches and skips that pairs great with a head-banging sesh.


“Lodarore” - Uwade

It doesn’t matter if you haven’t heard the original “Lodarore.” North Carolinian Uwade’s cover is soothing, gorgeous, and stands sweetly in its own.

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