JoJo's "Worst (I Assume)" is one of NYLON's best new music releases the week of August 23, 2021.
Doug Krantz


Soundcheck: The 10 Best Music Releases The Week Of August 23, 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.

“California” - Lorde

A standout on Lorde’s Solar Power, “California” is the star’s rejection of celebrity life and fame, which she carries out on the breeziest, west coast-sounding beat imaginable.

Universal Music

“4 Page Letter” - Aaliyah

The late R&B star’s music has always been ahead of the game, and the sultry groove of “4 Page Letter,” newly arrived to streaming services, is no exception.

Marc Baptiste

“Joni” - SZA

SZA casually released three new songs this past weekend, including this stunning guitar-plucked tune that pays homage to Joni Mitchell.


“Worst (I Assume)” - JoJo

JoJo may be admitting she’s messy when it comes to relationships on her latest song, but “Worst (I Assume)” is also proof that she can do no wrong when it comes to releasing bops.

Doug Krantz

“Unlock It” - Abra ft. Playboi Carti

The cult NYC singer makes her major label debut with “Unlock It,” a gritty and thumping track with a guest verse from Playboi Carti.


“Sierra Nights” - Kevin Abstract ft. Ryan Beatty

Brockhampton’s Kevin Abstract and singer Ryan Beatty weave together a romantic, dusk-hour tune about chasing dreams and relationships.

Question Everything / RCA Records

“Talking Dust Bowl Blues” - Waxahatchee

Waxahatchee gives a spirited cover of Woody Guthrie’s “Talking Dust Bowl Blues” for the singer’s upcoming reimagined album Home In This World: Woody Guthrie’s Dust Bowl Ballads.


“The Wave” - Bedouine

A seaside ballad full of flute, gentle guitar, and Bedouine’s gentle vocals, “The Wave” is better than pressing a seashell to your ear.

The Orchard

“Bloody Future” - Kilo Kish

Art-pop singer-songwriter Kilo Kish explores a man vs. machine future combined with climate change on this stirring and synth-y new song.

Kisha Soundscapes + Audio

“Something In The Water” - Boys World

The TikTok beloved Boys World reminds us yet again that the best time to be a girl group stan is now!

KYN Entertainment

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