Soundcheck: The 10 Best Music Releases The Week Of October 18, 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.

“Santé” - Stromae

Frenzied guitar, whistling, and a dancefloor-ready beat make up Stromae’s first song since 2018 and newest hit in his eclectic catalogue.

“Ex For A Reason” ft. JT - Summer Walker

Summer Walker surprises with an effervescent and upbeat pop track with an assist from City Girls’ JT. The lyrics, however, are still the same, relatable Walker: “That b*tch your ex for a reason though,” she points out.

LVRN/Interscope Records

“Nineteen” - PinkPantheress

A deep-cut from PinkPantheress’ excellent new mixtape, “Nineteen,” acutely captures that youthful teenage melancholy of being at the cusp of adulthood.

“Sundress” - Bathe

Melty, deep-in-your-bones surf R&B from Brooklyn duo Bathe.

Good Energy Recordings

“Don’t Be So Hard On Your Beauty” - Yeule

Yeule, who’s spent the greater part of the last decade making gothic fairy electronic music, pivots to sweet grungy pop on her latest single.

Neil Krug

“Street You Live On” - Remi Wolf

More eccentric than Remi Wolf’s distorted sound are her very 2021 lyrics: “I’m a feral cat/ I’m licking up the milk at your door/ A serial farmer/ I’m harvesting the drama.”

“Lil Baby Crush” - Jordan Ward

Los Angeles-based dancer-turned-singer Jordan Ward sings breezily about a “lil baby crush,” his distinctive clear voice gliding pleasantly above soothing R&B.


“Slide” - Frankie Cosmos, Lomelda

A song about a friend’s phone call preventing a suicide attempt, “Slide” gains even more meaning with Frankie Cosmos’ gentle rendition of the Lomelda original.

Double Double Whammy

“To Be The Birds” - Rina Mushonga

Dutch-Zimbabwe singer Rina Mushonga’s latest synth-electronic single slowly blooms over the course of four euphoric minutes.

“shut the f*ck up talking to me” - Zack Fox

Haters will call it meme music. We say: internet comedian Zack Fox has a point.


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