Angel Olsen's new song "Gloria," a cover of Laura Branigan's song of the same name, is a song to hea...
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Soundcheck: The 10 Best Music Releases The Week Of July 12, 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.

“Take Me Home” - Vince Staples, Fousheé

The standout on Long Beach rapper Vince Staples’ new album, “Take Me Home” paints a vivid picture of the world from Staples’ weary eyes: “When it's quiet out, I hear the sound of those who rest in peace/ Tryna drown the violence out.”

Zamar Velez

“Gloria” - Angel Olsen

Angel Olsen’s “Gloria” is a heavenly rush of huge ‘80s sound, as she put her own theatrical spin on the Laura Branigan hit.


“Whole Lotta Money” - BIA, Nicki Minaj

BIA’s subtle and bass-heavy anthem gets a fantastic shock of energy with not one, but two, Nicki Minaj verses.

“The Vibe” - Amorphous, Bree Runway

Producer Amorphous and Bree Runway’s vogueing anthem has a delicious, groovy hook sandwiched in the middle.


“Go Away” - Omar Apollo

Omar Apollo’s first single of 2021 also marks a beautiful shift in sound; he sings sweetly about wanting someone’s attention and time over a dreamy beat.

“High Beams” - Tkay Maidza

Tkay Maidza’s released her EP Last Year Was Weird, Vol 3. “High Beams,” a gospel-laced rap track, is a standout.

“Alo” - Isabella Lovestory

Our favorite manic and horny pop star, Isabella Lovestory, released her latest single, a dizzy reggaeton track about being sexy and owning a phone — we think.

Isabella Lovestory

“Fabric” - Half Waif

It’s rare and wonderful to hear Half Waif’s stormy vocals accompanied only by piano on the stunning opening track of her new album, Mythopoetics.

“Ketamean (NY Mix)” - Anonymous Club ft. Sabrina Fuentes

New York creative studio Anonymous Club will release its first compilation album SCREENSAVERS VOL 1, with all songs executive produced by cult musician Yves Tumor. The discordant and glorious “Ketamean (NY Mix)” is the debut single.

“Swim” - Skirts

A sweet and folksy piano lullaby from Skirts, the project of promising Texas musician Alex Montenegro.

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