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Soundcheck: The 10 Best Music Releases The Week Of August 10, 2020


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. Turn up, tune in, and tune out.

Aminé and Summer Walker teamed up for a sticky, R&B bop that's all about getting it on during tough times; Kali Uchis returned with Rico Nasty for a powerful all-Spanish anthem. Meanwhile, the TikTok-famous Benee has shared her latest kooky track about a boy who behaves like a snail. Plus, new music from Nigeria's Tiwa Savage, as well as the elusive Paul Institute. Dive in to everything you might've missed last week, after the jump.

"Easy" - Aminé ft. Summer Walker

Aminé and Summer Walker team up for a sticky, mid-tempo groove about hooking up during hard times. Relevant!

Republic Records

"U Should" - CHIKA

A tender ballad from CHIKA that proves the young rapper excels at anything she does.

"Aquí Yo Mando" - Kali Uchis, Rico Nasty

Kali Uchis and Rico Nasty make for a menacing duo on this full Spanish cut that translates to "I Rule Here."

Amber Asaly

"Snail" - Benee

The TikTok-famous and rising artist in her own right Benee shares a bright and bouncy new track about the insular lives of snails.

Republic Records

"Koroba" - Tiwa Savage

Tiwa Savage funnels a political message into the breezy afro-beats of her new song, "Koroba."

Universal Music

"How Beautiful (she is) *isolation mix*" - Salt Cathedral ft. duendita

This sparkling rework of Salt Cathedral's "How Beautiful (she is)" is an instant mood-brightener.

"Corner of My Sky" - Kelly Lee Owens ft. John Cale

John Cale's rumbling monologue — plus acclaimed techno musician Kelly Lee Owens' droning production — make this track a transportive listen.

Kim Hiorthøy

"Waiting" - Fabiana Palladino

Fabiana Palladino of Jai Paul's Paul Institute channels '80s pop brilliance on her latest.

Jai Paul

"goodluck" - ELIO

Hazy, sweet bedroom pop from ELIO, the Welsh singer who's already caught the ears of Charli XCX and Troye Sivan.

Courtesy of the artist

"Smash Hit" - Coco & Clair Clair

"All the poppers in the world but your nose is in my business" goes one delirious line from the experimental pop rap duo's strange but intriguing new track.

Courtesy of the artist

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