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

‘That Funny Feeling” - Phoebe Bridgers (Bo Burnham cover)

As expected, Phoebe Bridgers’s take on Bo Burnham’s standout existential ballad from Inside is great. What’s better is that 100 percent of proceeds from the song go to organizations fighting the controversial anti-abortion law in Texas.

Christian Sarkine

“fue mejor” - Kali Uchis ft. SZA

This long-awaited collab between the two alt-R&B singers is a sultry, hazy daydream, and even has SZA singing in Spanish.

“Anxiety (Burlinda’s Theme)” - JoJo

JoJo sounds the best she ever has on this stripped-back, standout single from her new project, trying not to think about it.

Clover Music/Warner Records

“The Feels” - TWICE

Best-selling K-pop girl group TWICE is deep in their feels on this bright and super fun pop track that’s also the group’s first English-language single.

Republic Records

“Panic Attacks In Paradise” - Ashnikko

Ashnikko offers a glimpse into her softer and more vulnerable side on this breezy and very relatable mid-tempo ballad.

“Joni: LA’s No. 1 Health Goth” - illuminati hotties

The Los Angeles indie rock band takes a page out of the riot grrrl books for this full-throttle, satirical song about a “second wave” “punk babe” named Joni.

illuminati hotties

“All Cops Are Bastards*” - BLACKSTARKIDS

Now signed to The 1975’s label Dirty Hit, Kansas City group BLACKSTARKIDS build an urgent pop-punk banger around the popular rallying cry.

Dirty Hit

“Born 100 Times” - EMPATH

The exuberant, noise-punk band from Philly EMPATH is great for moshing to and having metaphysical, spiritual revelations. “Who's on your side/ Who holds more life/ As the heat leaves the walls?”

“Keeper” - Hana Vu

You won’t need the full three minutes to be drawn into Los Angeles singer Hana Vu’s distinctive and deeply resonant voice, which she pairs with melancholic bursts of indie rock.


“Beating” - Tirzah

This meditative, gently thumping track unfolds like a poem to Tirzah’s husband, and new baby: “You got me/ I got you/ We made life/ We made life/ It's beating, beating, beating...”

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