Soundcheck: The Best 10 Songs The Week Of September 21, 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.

London-based singer-songwriter Fenne Lily just released her sophomore album, BREACH, a project about confrontation — people, habits, vicious, self-destructive cycles — and the healing that comes after. You can hear it on the song "I Used To Hate My Body But Now I Just Hate You," a standout born from a Tinder experience gone sour, which we highlight in this week's edition of Soundcheck. Alongside new hyper-pop from Rico Nasty, dense jazzy jumbles from NYC's Slauson Malone, and ethereal selections from A. G. Cook, this week's selections are best if you let them marinate.

"Own It" - Rico Nasty

Rico Nasty takes hyper-pop to the extreme on the punk and deadly glamorous "Own It."

Sugar Trap/Atlantic Records

"I Used To Hate My Body But Now I Just Hate You" - Fenne Lily

The indie rock musician's experiences on Tinder led to this bracing track about a romantic experience gone wrong.

Dead Oceans

"Selection" - Lil Tecca ft. Skrillex, DJ Scheme

The Skrillex-assisted beat to this Lil Tecca standout feels like jumping into a ball pit.

Republic Records

"Haunted" - A.G. Cook

Father of PC Music, A. G. Cook, strips it all back on this gleaming acoustic number that sounds like a message from beyond the ether.

PC Music

"Soon" - Angie McMahon

Angie McMahon delivers a clean, piano-backed version of "Soon," a stunner off her debut EP Salt.


"Hours" - Tomberlin

Tomberlin's quiet, fragile folk takes on a verdant hue with this ditty about time spent with a loved one.

"University" - Lido ft. JoJo, Brandon Arreaga, Col3trane & Santell

JoJo's soulful vocals add another transcendent layer to Norwegian producer Lido's already banging track.

Michael Drummond

"Vergangenheitsbewältigung (Crater Speak)" - Slauson Malone

NYC producer Slauson Malone builds a dense tangle of guitar, discordant chatter, and his own dizzying raps on his latest EP, 25 minutes of collaged brilliance.

"Schism Trek" - Mamalarky

A whizzing, walloping guitar rush courtesy of L.A.-based indie rock group, Mamalarky.

Fire Talk

"I Just Want To Dance" - SAULT

British R&B group SAULT bangs out a riotous house beat that urges you to dance — and lyrics ("Why my people always die?") that provoke confrontation.

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