Beach Bunny on their album Fire Escape
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Soundcheck: The 10 Best Music Releases The Week Of April 4, 2022


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.

“Up At Night” - Kehlani, Justin Bieber

Kehlani and Justin Bieber’s circling thoughts about someone are keeping them awake on “Up At Night,” and we’re in the same predicament — but with the hypnotic groove of the song. (YouTube)

“Fire Escape” - Beach Bunny

There’s an intoxicating, romantic restlessness on TikTok sensation Beach Bunny’s latest song: “I took the train to great escape of New York/ Subway system, I carve the car seat with both our names.” (YouTube)

Erna Cost
“Follow Me” - Pabllo Vittar, Rina Sawayama

Pabllo Vittar and Rina Sawayama have discovered the secret to limitless confidence: soaring, bombastic music for voguing in the mirror and on the dance floor. (YouTube)

Warner Music South Africa
“Emiliana” - CKay

Nigeria’s CKay actually released the heat-soaked “Emiliana” in December, but now, with the release of its lush music video, the Afrobeats gem is fully ready to take over your summer playlist. (YouTube)

Julian Buchan
“Sirens” - Flume, Caroline Polachek

After a few listens, I still don’t know what Caroline Polachek is singing, but her lofty falsetto sounds absolutely bonkers over Flume’s very cerebral and unstable production. (YouTube)

Domino Records
“It’s Raining” - Superorganism ft. Stephen Malkmus, Dylan Cartlidge

Superorganism, London’s most eclectic band, invites Stephen Malkmus and rapper Dylan Cartlidge into their wacky, prismatic pop-filled fold. (YouTube)

Natalie Goldstein
“Sunburn” - spill tab

spill tab’s jagged, lo-fi indie pop still has a lot of heart — even when she’s playing with heavy, distorted sounds that threaten to subsume her. (YouTube)

Hugo Faraco
“Highways” - denitia

Denitia may be a singer-songwriter from Brooklyn, but the open-air alt-country spirit of her latest song will remind you of anything but the big city. (YouTube)

“Anybody Else” - KALI

Scorching guitar lines and the singer’s own wobbly vocals set KALI’s love-confused indie rock ode, “Anybody Else,” aflame. (YouTube)

Island Records
“Cardboard Box” - FLO

FLO — made up of members Renée, Stella, and Jorja — is a girl group that feels dropped from the ‘00s, but with musical precision, style, and flair from right now. (YouTube)

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