Randee St. Nicholas


Soundcheck: The 10 Best Music Releases The Week Of December 7, 2020


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.

"Swimming In The Stars" - Britney Spears

"Swimming In The Stars" was originally an outtake from her 'Glory' era, but thankfully this whimsical bop is now seeing the light.

RCA Records

"STFU" - Rico Nasty

Add this rager to the list of Rico's best one-liners.

"Still I Rise" - Kamaiyah ft. Jackboy

Oakland native Kamaiyah is on her grind on her latest, and in reality too; it's off No Explanations, her third project of 2020.

"Soft Spot" - Claud

This fuzzy indie-pop tune from Claud about a budding crush is dreamy and utterly wholesome.

"Gambling Man" Mariachi Remix - Fat Tony

Houston rapper Fat Tony spins a fictional tale about a gambler over beautiful and surprisingly resonant Mariachi.

Aileen Son

"Dusk" - Alice Phoebe Lou

The South African singer captures the sound of the sky softening to pink on this romantic new tune.

Andrea Rojas

"I'm Here" - Celeste

The rising British siren stuns on this spare, piano-led ballad.


"You Ain't Worth It" - Melii, 6LACK

Bronx rapper Melii teams up with 6LACK for the most soulful "f*ck you" anthem we've heard.

"Wow" - LOVER

Their band name may not be SE-optimized, but their emo pop is definitely optimized to slice straight to the heart.

"sympathy 4 the grinch" - 100 gecs

Pop's biggest disruptors make the case for the grinch on this ska and punk (anti) Christmas song.

Mikey Joyce

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