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Soundcheck: The Best Music Releases The Week Of January 4, 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.

"Good Days" - SZA

Right before the end of 2020, SZA finally released "Good Days," an exquisite and promising omen for the new year.


"Love Is Back" - Celeste

This jazzy and soulful cut from U.K. singer Celeste will resonate with Amy Winehouse lovers.

Courtesy of the artist

"Ailleurs" - Aya Nakamura

Already a superstar in France, Aya Nakamura's new afropop-tinged single has us ready for her inevitable crossover to the States.

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"Fillin' My Cup" - Hailey Whitters ft. Little Big Town

This big-hearted country tune from Iowa-native Hailey Whitters is an easy mood-booster, and worth experiencing with its very cute music video.

Big Loud Records

"Hopprock" - Madlib

With assistance from Four Tet, the elusive MF DOOM collaborator's latest song is an abstract but intriguing instrumental.

Madlib Invazion

"You Need Me" - Black Coffee, Maxine Ashley, Sun-El Musician

The renowned South African DJ shares a slow-burning new dance track that blooms over its 6-minute runtime.

Ultra Records

"let all the poisons that lurk in the mud seep out" - Kelsey Lu, Yves Tumor ft. Moses Boyd, Kelly Moran

Two of music's leading experimenters join forces for a heady and ornate meditation about diving into the unknown.

Estudi Image

"Emotion" - Molly Burch, Wild Nothing

A little disco (and a lot of dance) on Molly Burch and Wild Nothing's blissful new song.

Captured Tracks

"Dekmantel Podcast 314" - Khotin

House music enthusiast and producer Khotin delivers a 90-minute spell of soft and hypnotic waves on his New Year's mix — the gentlest ease into 2021.

Lindsay Mcnab

"goblin" - Kiko

A soft and echoey transmission from bedroom singer and impressive face-painter, Kiko.


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