Soundcheck: The 10 Best Music Releases The Week Of June 28, 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.

“PTT (Paint The Town)” - LOONA

LOONA is back with a pounding, Bollywood-inspired bop that proves even after a two-year wait, the 12-member group still sounds ahead of the curve.

“Lost You” - Snoh Aalegra

Snoh Aalegra’s through-the-smoke vocals continue to mesmerize on her Sade-sounding new single “Lost You.”

“SWEET / I THOUGHT YOU WANTED TO DANCE” - Tyler, The Creator, Brent Faiyaz, Fana Hues

This nine-minute monster from Tyler, The Creator’s Call Me If You Get Lost is a sweet, long daydream, set to the groove of ‘70s soul and r&b.


“First Time” - Lucy Dacus

A standout track from the singer-songwriter’s new album Home Video, “First Time” showcases Dacus’ deft songwriting: “You can’t feel it for the first time, a second time.”


“Dead Girl Walking” - Jensen McRae

Listen too close to the lyrics on this warm country tune, and you’ll get Jensen McRae’s reflections on feeling like being on the edge of death at all times.

Human Re Sources

“Magic” - Polo & Pan

French electro-pop duo Polo & Pan deliver a blissed-out remix of Pilot’s “Magic” that’s pure summer euphoria.

“Kind Of” - Faye Webster

With a voice that recalls Angel Olsen, Atlanta singer-songwriter Faye Webster sings the hell out of this swaying country ballad about falling in love for the first time.

Secretly Canadian

“London Gangs” - SAULT

U.K. dance act SAULT just released its latest album Nine, and standout “London Gangs” deserves to blow out your speakers.

“What If I Took It Off For You” - Nemahsis

After gaining attention on TikTok for her sultry covers, singer Nemahsis makes her debut with this stunning and searing ballad, “What If I Took It Off For You.”

11 Acres

“Donnie Darko” - Yen Strange

Australian artist Yen Strange pairs her sweet voice with emo-sounding pop rock. Her latest single is the cute and catchy “Donnie Darko.”

Ash Rosas

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