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Soundcheck: The 10 Best Music Releases The Week Of November 15, 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.

“Blast Off” - Silk Sonic

Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak’s first album as Silk Sonic is here. “Blast Off,” a sumptuous, starry-eyed song about a stratospheric love is the perfect introduction to their lush, retro-tinted world.

“La Fama” - Rosalía, The Weeknd

Spanish pop star Rosalía goes bachata on this slippery and subtle number with The Weeknd, who even charms when he’s not singing in English.

“The Only Heartbreaker” - Mitski

Only Mitski could make a song about self-sabotage and destructive tendencies sound so sweet.

“Scared” - City Girls

After their summer hit “Twerkulator,” City Girls show off a more cutthroat side on their new song “Scared,” off the soundtrack of Halle Berry’s upcoming movie Bruised.

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“The Bottom” - Gracie Abrams

Taking a page from Taylor Swift’s book, Los Angeles singer Gracie Abrams admits to being a serial man-wrecker on the playfully sinister “The Bottom.”

“stabilise” - Nilüfer Yanya

U.K. indie rocker Nilüfer Yanya is a force to be reckoned with on her new single “stabilise” which has a beat that barrels forward like an intense cardio session.

“Cisgender” - Shamir

This gliding synth storm from Shamir is a moving revelation of identity. “I’m not cisgender/ I’m not binary, trans/ I don’t wanna be a girl/ I don’t wanna be a man/ I’m just existing on this godforsaken land/ And you can take it or leave it or you can just stay back,” he sings.

“Cherry” - Doss

Fruit and dark, trance-y dance music always go together, as Doss and vocalist Cecilia Gault prove on this hypnotizing new track.

“PBFF” - Tora-i

London’s mysterious singer Tora-i is a captivating new voice from the country’s R&B scene.

“Nothing New” - Taylor Swift, Phoebe Bridgers

Due to the fact that it may cause you emotional distress, Taylor Swift and Phoebe Bridgers’ wistful folk ballad “Nothing New” takes our best and last spot.

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