Amanda Charchian


Soundcheck: The 10 Best Music Releases The Week Of May 10, 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.

“Paradise” - Aly & AJ

Aly & AJ craft a vibrant ‘80s-sounding pop banger for restless summer nights with “Paradise,” a standout from their first album in 14 years.

Aly & AJ Music

“Fast (Motion)” - Saweetie

If there’s one thing Saweetie knows how to do is make a cute ass anthem with lyrics that get stuck in your head for eternity: “Lo-co-motion, we causing a co-mmotion!”

ICY/Warner Records

“From The Back of a Cab” - Rostam

Over quirky clanging production, Rostam hammers out a sweet and cinematic tune with a wistful and cameo-filled video to match.

Matsor Projects

“Xcxoplex” - A. G. Cook with Charli XCX

A. G. Cook recruits Charli XCX for this spacey and quite pretty rework of his 2020 track “Xxoplex.”

PC Music

“Special Girl” - dodie

Dodie whispers about being a special girl on this stirring song propelled forward by only her hand claps and own soft harmonization.


“Telly” - Amindi

There’s nothing better to usher in the long steamy nights ahead than with Amindi’s bouncy, tropical burner “Telly.”

That's Nasty / Human Re Sources

“September” - Charlie Martin

Hovvdy’s Charlie Martin channels an easy hazy joy on “September,” a simple song about dreaming big dreams and taking the steps to get there.

Grand Jury Music

“Blossom” - Audrey Nuna

This quick cut from Audrey Nuna — an atmospheric swirl of dazzling R&B and rap — proves why she’s one of the most exciting new artists right now.

Arista Records

“Holding On Too Long” - Hard Feelings

Hard Feelings is NYC singer Amy Douglas and Hot Chip’s Joe Goddard and together they’re making some fantastic, heavy-on-the-theatrics disco.


“South!” - Kezia, Nayana IZ

Bay Area’s Kezia considers this hypnotic alt-pop track her “d*ck-s*cking anthem” — and it’s a quite an elegant one at that.

Sanny Bisquerra

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