A portrait of Laura Mvula in a pink satin dress.
Courtesy of the artist / Atlantic Records


Soundcheck: The 10 Best Music Releases The Week Of March 22, 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.

“Georgia On My Mind” - Chloe x Halle

Chloe and Halle beautifully update Ray Charles’ wistful classic “Georgia On My Mind.”

Parkwood Entertainment

“Tulsa Jesus Freak” - Lana Del Rey

This is Lana Del Rey’s version of a hymn: a little psychedelic, romantic and freaky.


“Loved By You” - Justin Bieber ft. Burna Boy

The “MLK Interlude” aside, the Bieb’s new album Justice has some bops — including this summery and breezy tune with Burna Boy.


“Church Girl” - Laura Mvula

The exhilarating, “enough to make you dance outside while walking” ‘80s synth-pop you’ve been waiting for.

Danny Kasirye

“Hit Like A Girl” - Meet Me @ The Altar

The soaring hook on this invigorating tune by pop-punk band of our dreams MM@TA is only overshadowed by the great punk breakdown at the end.

Lindsey Byrnes

“Asthma Pump” - Tay Money ft. Flo Milli

What used to be seen as sign of weakness is now a sign of sexual prowess on this goofy but fun club tune by Tay Money and Flo Milli.

Rebel Music / Geffen Records

“Youtube2MP3” - AG Club

A jazzy rap reverie from Bay Area collective AG Club with saxophones, scatting, and verses about the foibles of love.

COR/TAN Records

“Love Mania” - Starrah

Here’s a silky bop featuring Starrah’s distinctive husky vocals for your “cruising downtown at midnight” vibes.


“Separate” - Sorry

The U.K. band cobbles together a discordant but melodic rock song that channels the same kind of eeriness as (Sandy) Alex G’s “Gretel”.


“The Right Thing Is Hard To Do” - Lightning Bug

Lightning Bug’s gorgeous new song starts off as wide-open country, that slowly fizzes into hypnotic and folky shoegaze.

Fat Possum

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