A photo of Taylor Swift, who features on Big Red Machine's new song "Renegade."
Beth Garrabrant


Soundcheck: The 10 Best Music Releases The Week Of July 6, 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.

“Renegade” - Big Red Machine ft. Taylor Swift

The trio does it again with another stunning Folklore-sounding song filled with Swift’s most searing songwriting to date: “Is it really your anxiety that stops you from giving me everything/ Or do you just not want to?”


“Wasting Time” - Brent Faiyaz ft. Drake

Brent Faiyaz’s soulful vocals and Drake’s raps collide beautifully on this melancholic ballad produced by the legendary Neptunes.

Lost Kids

“Magic” - Rico Nasty

Rico Nasty shows off her softer side on this melodic, flute and guitar-flourished love song.


“Wanna Be” - Jxdn, Machine Gun Kelly

The pop-punk redemptive misfit anthem we all deserved in high school!

A DTA Records

“Starting Line” - Luke Hemmings

5SOS frontman Luke Hemmings reckons with the passage of time on his emotional debut solo single, “Starting Line.”

Luke Hemmings

“Chaeri” - Magdalena Bay

We can’t get enough of the transcendent euphoria that is Magdalena Bay’s “Chaeri,” a synth-pop banger that slowly explodes in sound.


“Passion” - PinkPantheress

TikTok viral star PinkPantheress (of the hit “Break It Off”) summons up another intoxicating drum n bass hit with “Passion.”


“MMM MMM” - KALI ft. ATL Jacob

Kali proves that her cool, uncomplicated and unbothered raps still hit even when they’re not a viral TikTok sound.


“LOVE ME” - Macy Rodman

Local Brooklyn icon and artist Macy Rodman made the only euphoric, ‘80s-sounding dance floor anthem we want to spin this summer.

Accidental Popstar Records

“Florida Murder” - Mica Levi

Musician Mica Levi, who also composed the score for Jackie and Under The Skin, crafts a simple and stunning soundscape for zeitgeist film du jour, Zola.


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