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Soundcheck: The 10 Best Music Releases The Week Of April 18, 2022


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.

“Darl+ing” - SEVENTEEN

The 13-member boy band’s sunny, first English-language single is an absolutely swoon-worthy declaration of love. (YouTube)

“Surprise Me” - Mallrat, Azealia Banks

Mallrat’s sweet summery serenade gets a colossal lift from Azealia Banks, whose iconic and irreverent verse ends on an incredible lyric: “My p*ssy tighter than Nicole Kidman’s face.” (YouTube)

“Heaven Takes You Home” - Swedish House Mafia ft. Connie Constance

Every summer there’s one dance song that reigns over the rest and, this year, we’re putting our bets on Swedish House Mafia’s hopeful and soaring anthem featuring U.K. singer Connie Constance. (YouTube)

“Gata” - Anitta (feat. Chencho Corleone)

This playful reggaeton highlight from Anitta’s wide-ranging new album goes full-throttle with a stomping breakdown in its last minute. (YouTube)

Dead Oceans
“Sidelines” - Phoebe Bridgers

With her voice wrapped in vocoder, Phoebe Bridgers delivers another lyrical doozy with “Sidelines.” “And I used to think you could hear the ocean in a seashell/ What a childish thing,” she sings. (YouTube)

“Memories” - Conan Gray

Starting off as a seemingly standard piano ballad, “Memories,” Conan Gray’s version of a break-up song, bursts into vivid, IMAX color midway through. (YouTube)

“Feign For Love” - Fashion Club

Exuberant guitar and Fashion Club’s deep, resonant vocals mix for a compelling exploration of the sometimes difficult methods we use to cope. (YouTube)

Saddle Creek
“Sunstruck” - Tomberlin

A slow-burning love song, Tomberlin’s “sunstruck” tells the tender story of a relationship coming together with poetic deftness. (YouTube)

“Trying To Be Nice” - fanclubwallet

Ottawa-based musician fanclubwallet wrestles with liking themselves on this punchy, lo-fi track that’s more upbeat than its lyrics belie. (YouTube)

“Twin Flame” - Tanerélle

Singer Tanerélle’s “Twin Flame” is only two minutes long but that’s enough time to get fully lost in its watery and warm depths. (YouTube)

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