Lil Nas X released his highly-anticipated debut album, 'Montero,' last Friday.
Charlotte Rutherford


Soundcheck: The 10 Best Music Releases The Week Of September 20, 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.

“Void” - Lil Nas X

Lil Nas X’s debut album has finally arrived — and this delicate pop ballad from the record’s second half shows the extent of the pop star’s versatility.

Columbia Records

“Altar” - Kehlani

Kehlani made an emotional return with “Altar,” a deep and groovy song about grief and growing.

“Valentine” - Snail Mail

Like all of Snail Mail’s best songs, her latest release “Valentine” comes with a noisy, searing hook that you will be screaming along to after the first listen.

“SAD GIRLZ LUV MONEY (Official Remix)” - Amaarae, Kali Uchis

Kali Uchis jumped on Amaarae’s “Sad Girls Luv Money” for a slinkier, sexier, and sleeker remix.

Nyahan Studio

“I Don’t Live Here Anymore” - The War On Drugs ft. Lucius

The War On Drugs make a rousing comeback with a new spell-binding rock anthem — their first new music in four years.

Atlantic Records

“TBTF” - Coco & Clair Clair

Whispery alt-pop duo Coco & Clair Clair admire their butts from every angle on their fun and breezy new song.

Coco & Clair Clair

“Fixed Gear” - Snarls

There’s nothing to not love about Snarls’ warm indie rock, which takes the form of a bold love declaration on their latest single.

“This Enchanted” - Hatchie

This dizzying shoegaze-y bop by Australian artist Hatchie sounds like the beloved ‘00s mall-pop era, but grown up and cooler.

“Cobra” - That Kid

“Cobra” by the cult, online pop star That Kid is sugary, hyperpop excess done right, striking the perfect balance of sonic chaos and traditional pop melodies.

That Kid

“I Think You’re Going To Hurt Me (So Bad)” - Jessica Winter

London’s Jessica Winter makes captivating, cinematic synth pop that will speak to your inner emo kid.


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