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Soundcheck: The 10 Best Music Releases The Week Of March 1, 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.

"80/20" - Chloe x Halle

Chloe and Halle do it again on this slick R&B joint about splitting their time between their man and sidepiece.

"The Princess and the Clock" - Kero Kero Bonito

Peppy and eccentric electronic trio Kero Kero Bonito drop off this video game-sounding theme song about an imprisoned princess who plots her escape.

Jamie She

"Toxic" - Pussy Riot ft. Dorian Electra

100 gecs' Dylan Brady kicks up a frenetic beat on "Toxic," before the song descends into hollow screaming and thrashing on the hook.

Kevin Ulibarri/Ksti Hu

"Haircut" - Petey, Miya Folick

This grungy rock duet between Petey and Miya Folick about being socially awkward because you're depressed — "I played The Sims 'til I was 21" — hits a bit too close to home.

Terrible Records

"Thot Thoughts" - Muni Long

This raunchy, satiny number from rising singer Muni Long is begging for you to do the silhouette challenge to it IRL.

Muni Long/SUPERGIANT Records

"Wanna Be Held" - Juice Webster

With a rhythm like the tides, and its hook repeated like a comforting mantra, Juice Webster's slow-burning new song is incessantly beautiful.

Juice Webster

"La Di Die" - Nessa Barrett ft. jxdn

TikTokers Nessa Barrett and jxdn simmer in their generational ennui on this pop punk banger that's not afraid to get noisy.

"Party's Over" - Half Waif

Ostensibly about being uninvited to a party, Half Waif's clashing new song "Party's Over" is actually a celebration of late bloomers.

"Ballroom Dance Scene" - Horsegirl

Three high school friends from Chicago wrote this buzzing indie rock song that sounds like the voices in your head getting louder and louder.

"FIT" - Deela x TBLU

This whispery bad b*tch anthem from two young Nigerian rappers is great for a subtle flex.

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