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Soundcheck: The 10 Best Music Releases The Week Of October 11, 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.

“Bad Religion” - Cat Power

Cat Power covered Frank Ocean’s “Bad Religion.” Of course you should listen immediately.


“Working For The Knife” - Mitski

Mitski is back with a stirring, synth-y song about working for the knife, and feeling disillusioned and dehumanized by the systems that surround us.

Dead Oceans

“Midnight Snacks” - Kelis

For her first release since 2014, the iconic singer and professional chef combines her two passions for a steamy and playful new single.

“girls girls girls” - FLETCHER

Interpolating Katy Perry’s “I Kissed A Girl,” FLETCHER gives a slinky and actually queer reinterpretation of the anthem that was very much needed on “girls girls girls.”

“West Indies” - Koffee

It may already be October but Koffee is bringing us back to summer with this uplifting tropical-sounding track about living it up in the West Indies.

RCA Records

“Scripture” - Eartheater

After debuting “Scripture” at Proenza Schouler’s SS22 NYFW show is September, Eartheater has now officially released the strobing and angelic new single.

“No Regrets” - Namasenda

Blast Namasenda’s Goth Jafar-featuring new single for an instantaneous time-warp back to the bubbly pop of the early aughts.

PC Music

“Back3School” - Porches

One can’t help but feel a pang of melancholy while listening to this tightly wound pop song from New York musician Porches about wanting to go back to school.


“Lucid Dream” - aespa

K-pop group aespa has released their first mini album Savage, and the R&B-inspired “Lucid Dream” is its unexpected standout.

“MAMMAMIA” - Måneskin

Everyone loves Eurovision 2021 winners and Italian rock band Måneskin and it’s not hard to understand why; their sleazy, bombastic brand of rock is on full display in their newest single.

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