Music
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If there’s one thing that gets most of us through the day, it’s music. Whether we’re scrolling through SoundCloud looking for mood tunes to help alleviate a case of the Mondays, or listening to a mixtape someone has sent our way, not a day goes by without some kind of music playing in our offices.

Since our inboxes tend to get inundated with projects from artists interested in coverage, we’re spotlighting some of the quietly wondrous singles that find their way to us each week. These artists may not have conquered the Billboard 100 (yet) but they’ve all got something unique to offer, and they’re all worth getting to know.

Scroll through to see our 10 under the radar tracks to discover this week, and stay tuned for a fresh selection next week.

Also see our staff-selected best tracks of the week here

“Dumb Love”

Who: Neil Frances

Where: Los Angeles

Sounds Like: Driving down the Pacific Coast highway in a convertible with your best friend who keeps switching the music from Top 40 to a weird college radio show.

“Brackin”

Who: RJ aka Mr. LA

Where: Compton, Los Angeles

Sounds Like: If Too $hort’s progeny made new age West Coast g-funk.

“16s”

Who: Gemmy

Where: Bristol

Sounds Like: Gun shots at the weirdest laser tag game you’ve ever seen.

“More Sugar”

Who: Physical Therapy

Where: New York

Sounds Like: A sweet melodic donut with a dreamy vocal sample glaze, topped with breakbeat sprinkles.

“Light Up”

Who: salute & Liv Dawson

Where: Vienna & London

Sounds Like: Sonic rays of happiness buoyed by jangly pop production.

“Quanta 11: Purgatory”

Who: K Á R Y Y N

Where: Los Angeles

Sounds Like: Dying and having your soul judged of worthiness by a tribunal of dark angels holding court in a cathedral.

“Party’s Over”

Who: Avenue

Where: Boston

Sounds Like: When old heads say, “Man, I remember when hip-hop used to…”

“Aurora”

Who: Jarami

Where: Stockholm

Sounds Like: Walking through a meditation garden when the MDMA kicks in.

“Last Night in Los Feliz”

Who: Niia

Where: New York

Sounds Like: Heartbreak dipped in gold, covered in diamonds and wrapped with a satin bow.

“Rick Rubin”

Who: Jimi Tents

Where: Brooklyn, New York

Sounds Like: An understated flex anthem that’s more about the lyrics than the ad-libs.

For more HS Music Staff picks, take a look at our round up of the best music of April right here.

  • Writing: Jake Boyer, Bianca Giulione, Stephanie Smith-Strickland
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