Soundcheck: The 10 Best Music Releases The Week Of June 15, 2020


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. Turn up, tune in, and tune out.

Even back in 2015, it seemed like Chloe x Halle would be destined for big things. After all, Beyoncé signed them to her label, Parkwood Entertainment, that year; the projects they've shared since have consistently demonstrated their sisterly strengths. So it's unsurprising, but wonderful all the same, that their newest album Ungodly Hour is another beautiful example of the magic their voices make. The record's title track, which we highlight ahead, feels like truly weightless pop — a leavening for heavy times, if only temporarily.

Also included after the jump: Pop Smoke's posthumous single "Make It Rain," a track that makes the void his death left feel all the more staggering; and sweet crooning from rap's masked bard, RMR. Click through and dive in.

"Ungodly Hour" - Chloe x Halle

Chloe X Halle are at their peak on the weightless pop of "Ungodly Hour."

"Make It Rain" - Pop Smoke, Rowdy Rebel

Pop Smoke's posthumous "Make It Rain" builds upon a legacy that's already staggering.

(VVW)/Republic Records

"unconditional" - Shygirl + Arca

A digital confrontation from London's Shygirl, and Arca.

Courtesy of the artist

"Boys Don't Cry" - KEY! ft. Bobby Raps

Your favorite rapper's favorite rapper, Key!, catches a soft wave on his latest.


"Silence" - RMR

This should play during every golden hour.

CMNTY CULTURE / Warner Records

"night swimming (demo)" - Soccer Mommy

Soccer Mommy's demo of "night swimming" is less polished, but stunning all the same.

Abigail Porter

"Letting Me Down" - Margo Price

Margo Price's country is for city kids that crave wide open spaces.

Loma Vista Recordings

"Uh Huh Yeah" - Katie Wood

Glam art rock in the style of Kate Bush.

Kerry On The Cake

"Dirty" - Rico Nasty

Another banger from Rico Nasty.

"hellbound" - Dua Saleh

Sudanese-American artist Duah Saleh wields her gravely voice like a weapon.

Against Giants

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