Lizzo and Cardi B's "Rumors" is one of NYLON's best music releases the week of August 16, 2021.


Soundcheck: The 10 Best Music Releases The Week Of August 16, 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.

“Rumors” - Lizzo ft. Cardi B

Lizzo makes a hell of an entrance with “Rumors,” a horns-blazing pop bop featuring Cardi B that’s also her first single in two years.


“papercuts” - Machine Gun Kelly

BRB, can’t get MGK’s absolutely sickening and extremely emo new rock anthem out of our heads.

Bad Boy/Interscope

“Just For Me” - PinkPantheress

TikTok’s mysterious viral artist of the moment, PinkPantheress, dropped another breakbeat-Y2K fusion track that’s so good it feels illegal.


“Little Things” - Big Thief

Indie underdogs Big Thief’s latest metamorphosis is a rowdy, banjo-inflected type of folk with Adrianne Lenker’s vocals shifting in and out to surreal and gorgeous effect.


“Eyes Without A Face” - Angel Olsen

Angel Olsen’s revisit of Billy Idol’s ‘80s mega-hit “Eyes Without A Face” is more mega, big, and ‘80s than you thought possible.


“Real Pain” - Indigo De Souza

This stunning, guitar-driven track from musician Indigo De Souza is all about the lifecycle of pain and includes an exorcism intermission.

Charlie Boss

“Break Her Heart For Me” - KIRBY

This plush R&B tune rests wholly on the melodic, weightless vocals of KIRBY, a singer and songwriter who’s worked with Rihanna and Kanye West.


“Seeing Things (MUNA’s Version)” - Charlie Hickey, MUNA

These two signees of Phoebe Bridgers’ Saddest Factory make for charming collaborators on their soft electro-pop remix of Hickey’s tune, “Seeing Things.”

Saddest Factory Records

“August” - Bnny

Bnny’s ghostly vocals combined with the production’s surreal atmosphere makes her new song “August” feel more like a chilling October tune.

Fire Talk

“ghosts” - Allie

Nashville artist Allie confronts the phantoms of the people they used to love on this towering guitar track, “ghosts.”

Other People Records

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