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.
Be sure to check out last week’s best tracks here.
Sounds Like: How you want to run up on your trifling ex when you see them in the streets.
Sounds Like: How Nabokov would imagine his “Lolita” in 2017.
Who: Domenique Dumont
Where: Paris / Riga, Latvia
Sounds Like: Desperately trying to get in touch with your high school crush from a payphone in a dream.
Who: Philippe Hallais aka Low Jack
Sounds Like: Being stuck inside a factory or warehouse while on a lot of LSD.
“AfrotRAP Volume 1”
Who: Dex Kwesi
Where: Dallas / Accra, Ghana
Sounds Like: Trapfrican tings.
“Little Forest (Spring Mix)”
Who: Yu Su
Sounds Like: Floating on a lily pad in the middle of a pond.
Who: Lea Santee
Sounds Like: A slow but glamorous descent into the seedy underbelly of the suburbs.
Sounds Like: Going to an indie rock concert in a bombed out version of the South in the year 2048.
Who: Nene Hatun
Sounds Like: Metallic shadows cast in the least scary, strangely comforting part of your nightmare
“Word the Rookie (Remix)”
Who: Xavier Wulf & Thouxbanfauni
Sounds Like: When somebody tries to play you and you have to remind them who TF you are.
- Writers: Bianca Giulone, Jake Boyer