If there’s one thing that gets most of us through the day, it’s new songs. 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.
“Ambrosia” ft. Chelsea Lankes
Who: Jung Youth
Sounds Like: Floating placidly underwater as rays of sunlight slowly filter downward.
Who: Joseph of Mercury
Sounds Like: If doo-wop groups had high-quality synthesizers in their prime.
Who: Krikor Kouchian
Sounds Like: The year 1987, in all its fuzzed-out, synth-washed, cocaine-addled, neon-lit glory.
Who: Oscar #worldpeace
Sounds Like: The highlight of your next ‘moody driving while stoned at night’ playlist.
“Santa Fe” ft. Billionaire
Sounds Like: Getting waves of nostalgia for hanging out with the besties from your teenage years while you’re dancing in the club.
Sounds Like: Being shown around an actually haunted house by a grime rapper ghostbuster.
“Stop the World”
Who: Ro Ransom
Where: New York
Sounds Like: An R&B singer and a trap-beat maker traveled into the future to check out what the power-pop scene was like.
“Super Song” ft. Disco Duck
Who: Trippy Turtle
Sounds Like: Snorting a pack of M&M’s then moshing in a ball-pit at a McDonald’s while a live DJ provides tunes.
“Talk to My Skin”
Where: Los Angeles
Sounds Like: Channelling all of your anger at your ex into a trap-inflected beat then pouring your heart out on top of it.
“Visual Diet Light”
Sounds Like: Two very different bands playing from opposite sides of the room and somehow finding perfect harmony.
Be sure to check out last week’s edition of Under the Radar right here.