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.
“People Like Me”
Who: Liana Bank$ & Ayo Jay
Where: New York
Sounds Like: When the concrete jungle meets island life a la Grace Jones.
Sounds Like: Dusty, lo-fi grooves over an acid-led house beat.
“Pretty Big House”
Sounds Like: The kind of ambient tunes you’d hear at a booze and avocado toast Williamsburg brunch.
Who: Odunsi & Nonso Amadi
Where: Lagos, Nigeria
Sounds Like: When you’re mad at bae so they take you on a tropical vacation with palm trees and coconut water.
Who: A.G Cook (PC Music)
Sounds Like: Utterly brilliant, bonkers club music with schizophrenic vocals.
Who: Jose Marquez
Where: Los Angeles
Sounds Like: Palm-wine guitar and Jùjú style rhythms born in the L.A heat.
“Early This Morning”
Who: Giggs x Gil Scott Heron
Where: London via NYC
Sounds Like: UK Road Rap over a musical icon’s ominous beat.
“Say You Love Me”
Who: Alec Khaoli (via Awesome Tapes From Africa)
Where: South Africa
Sounds Like: Soul-stirring, dance-floor re-issue straight out of South Africa.
“Say You Love Me”
Who: Lord Echo
Where: New Zealand
Sounds Like: Rock steady, uplifting and breezy reggae designed for the incoming sunshine.
“Song For Chance”
Who: Andy Stott
Sounds Like: Ethereal Latvian church choir hymnal.
Check out last week’s roundup of the best new under the radar tracks for more music inspiration.