Cover of SOUNDCHECK featuring singer Taylor Swift lying on a retro looking couch
Beth Garrabrant


Taylor Swift's "Mastermind" & 9 Other New Songs Out This Week


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.

“Mastermind” - Taylor Swift

The closing track to Midnights is also its most quietly powerful as Swift admits to being the careful conductor behind all of her relationships and success. Perhaps that was already a given, but to hear her claim it with pride rather than shame feels like a gift. (YouTube)

Domino Recording
“Hello You” - Arctic Monkeys

Weeping strings, visceral, high-octane lyricism, and Alex Turner’s sepia-shaded vocals make up Arctic Monkey’s most sumptuous and adventurous song on The Car. (YouTube)

“Sunset” - Caroline Polachek

Against “Sunset”’s organic, seafront-invoking Balearic instrumentation, Caroline Polachek’s alien-like pop howls sound even more otherworldly. (YouTube)

“Happy Ending” - Kelela

Kelela’s version of a rave meet-cute sounds as delirious, chaotic, and uniquely beautiful as you’d expect. (YouTube)

“True Love” - Thaiboy Digital ft. Yung Lean

Drain Gang VP Thaiboy Digital is deep in his feelings on “True Love,” his version of an effusive boyband serenade. (YouTube)

“Matinee” - Smino

There’s such an infectious, unbridled joy bursting from Smino’s eclectic-sounding rap that one can’t help but also feel hyped up while listening. (YouTube)

“Spell” - Dora Jar

NorCal singer Dora Jar delivers a gorgeously hazy lo-fi ballad that feels like gazing into the San Francisco bay through morning fog. (YouTube)

“Go” - Baby Rose

Baby Rose’s uniquely rich and textured voice is on raw and powerful display on her noir nocturne, “Go.” (YouTube)

Interscope Records
“Ill” - Alexander 23 ft. Kenny Beats

With self-effacing lyrics like, “There's a part of me I hate, that hopes that maybe you still want me” on “Ill,” it’s no wonder Alexander 23 is resonating with Gen Zers everywhere. (YouTube)

“French Class” - Pony

This blushing bedroom pop song by Toronto band Pony captures the youthful romance of lovesickness. (YouTube)

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