Victoria Monét covers NYLON's Soundcheck column the week of August 9, 2021.
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Soundcheck: The 10 Best Music Releases The Week Of August 9, 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.

“Coastin’” - Victoria Monét

Songwriter supreme — and new mother to a baby girl — Victoria Monét is back with a laidback ‘70s funk bop that exudes summertime.

“Undo (Back To My Heart)” - Tinashe

A standout from Tinashe’s new album and second release as an independent artist, “Undo” is the project’s big dance number — and impossible not to groove to.

“Don’t Freak Out” - Lil Huddy, Iann Dior, Travis Barker, Tyson Ritter

Yes it sounds nearly identical to All-American Rejects’ “Gives You Hell” and yes that’s a good thing!

Immersive/Geffen Records

“Wishful Drinking” - Ingrid Andress, Sam Hunt

Grammy nominee Ingrid Andress makes the case for messy bar nights on her new duet with husky-voiced peer Sam Hunt.

Warner Music Nashville

“Silver and Gold” - Yung Bae ft. Pink Sweat$, Sam Fischer

Yung Bae’s latest is an instant mood-brightener, filled with exuberant horns and a disco sound that’s undeniable.

Arista Records

“GIRLS” - Doechii

We’re calling it: Doechii is thee next It Girl of rap. And her stunning new visual for her hit song “Girls” deserves every bit of your eyeballs’ attention.

Coven Music

“Place In Me”- Luke Hemmings

In 5SOS frontman Luke Hemmings’ hands, even a tender ballad like “Place In Me” gets the arena-rock treatment thanks to buzzy vocoder and cinematic piano flourishes.

Arista Records

“Aquamarine” - Hand Habits

Indie-rock musician Hand Habits ditches the guitar for a pulsing dance beat that adds a delicious, heightened tension to their dewy and wistful vocals.

Saddle Creek

“Witchking / Angmar” - E L L E

If Lord of the Rings ever got a tech-dystopic remake with a hyperpop soundtrack, it’d likely sound a lot like mysterious French producer E L L E’s latest release.


“Last Star” - James Ivy

NYC musician James Ivy has been on a winning streak, releasing nostalgic pop-rock banger after banger. His newest “Last Star” is no exception.

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