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Soundcheck: The 10 Best Music Releases The Week Of December 6, 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.

“I Hate U” - SZA

Another woozy late-night confession from voice of the people, SZA, who continues to make the state of being broken-hearted feel romantic.

“Player Of Games” - Grimes

Grimes’ first taste of her brand new era Book 1 is here, and it’s fantastic, techno hypnosis.

“Stand Up” - Tierra Whack

On her surprise EP, Tierra Whack is as charming and deft as ever, trying on new voices and personas on its growly opening track, “Stand Up.”

“Coconuts” - Kim Petras

Only Kim Petras’ bright pop has the ice-thawing power to make a summer song absolutely smash in the dead of winter.

“Day After Tomorrow” - Phoebe Bridgers

Phoebe Bridgers’ annual Christmas cover for 2021 is Tom Waits’ “Day After Tomorrow.” Her gentle rendition of the 2004 track feels like a clarifying snow fall.

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“To: You” - Baby Rose

Consider Baby Rose’s “To: You” as your go-to soundtrack for the holiday dinner party: jazzy, sophisticated, and glowing with winter-y warmth.

“Underworld” - Alice Phoebe Lou

A playful energy streaks through Alice Phoebe Lou’s indie rock, and makes the sugary love song “Underworld” even more swoon-worthy.

“Nino” - The Linda Lindas

The most delightful punk cat anthem you’ve ever heard by Los Angeles teen band The Linda Lindas.

“Amores de droga” - Girl Ultra

Girl Ultra’s shimmering dance song “Amores de droga” hits the body like a tantalizing elixir — ironic, as the song’s lyrics are about rejecting drug-like loves.

“Saturday Yawning” - flowerovlove

London native flowerovlove makes breezy pop that incapable of putting you in a bad mood; “Saturday Yawning,” her latest, feels like getting a clean reset on your brain.


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