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Soundcheck: The 10 Best Music Releases The Week Of October 25, 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.

“Moth To A Flame” - The Weeknd, Swedish House Mafia

The Weeknd and Swedish House Mafia’s “Moth To A Flame” is one of those rare, flashy musical collabs that actually deliver. In this case: an intoxicating dark wash of electro-R&B.

“Black Bathing Suit” - Lana Del Rey

Modern scientist and philosopher Lana Del Rey once sang: “And if this is the end, I want a boyfriend” — and while we can’t fully endorse it, it does painfully resonate.

“Halloweenie IV: Innards” - Ashnikko

Interpolating Edvard Grieg’s classic spooky melody “In The Hall Of The Mountain King,” Ashnikko’s “Halloweenie IV: Innards” is a no-brainer for your Halloween playlist.

Parlophone Records

“Bruxelles je t’aime” - Angèle

Belgian superstar Angèle delivers a wholesome love letter to her hometown Brussels in the form of a seriously catchy dance-pop bop.

“Rodeo Clown” - Dijon

You’ll want to know of Dijon before the Los Angeles-based soul-stirring crooner gets big.

“Cry On Me” - Jesse Jo Stark

The best way we can describe Jesse Jo Stark’s haunting new single “Cry On Me” is gothic, heart-wrenching country.

Dana Trippe

“buzzin” - Dua Saleh

Imagine Dua Saleh’s voice as the party god keeping the night going while listening to this strobing and dark dance anthem.

Against Giants

“Start Walking” - Tove Styrke

You’ll be bopping down the street to Tove Styrke’s dansband banger “Start Walking” before realizing the track is about leaving a bad, longterm relationship. It’s still good!

RECORDS / Columbia Records / Sony Music Sweden

“Stranger” - Anjimile

This lovely and lush folk song from new 4AD signee Anjimile includes generous, moving reflections about their transitioning journey.


“It’s Depression” - Anna Shoemaker ft. Middle Part

Some days you overthink things and need to scream along about it over a spiky guitar anthem; Brooklyn musician Anna Shoemaker’s got you covered.

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