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.
Who: Lunice featuring Denzel Curry and C9
Where: Montréal, QC
Sounds Like: The soundtrack to a super villain thinking about the ruckus he’s going to cause from his penthouse lair.
Who: Olivia Nelson
Sounds Like: Gliding around at the roller disco with your besties after you realize you’re too good for your crush.
Who: Penelope Trappes
Sounds Like: Excruciating, gut wrenching… heartbreak.
Who: Josh Dean
Where: NYC via ATL
Sounds Like: If Michael Jackson and your pre-adolescent boy band obsession held a benefit concert.
Sounds Like: Hard-hitting and straightforward NYC brilliance from the new XL signee.
Who: Cornelius Doctor
Sounds Like: A night at Studio 54 in a galaxy far, far away.
Where: Los Angeles
Sounds Like: A robot synthesizer orchestra was programmed to create the perfect specimen of pop diva android.
“On and On”
Who: Curtis Harding
Where: Saginaw, MI
Sounds Like: You are finally ready to face the myriad of problems in your life with a smile.
Who: Maliibu Mitch
Where: Bronx, NY
Sounds Like: The future of rap. No really, the future of rap.
“Come To The Dance”
Who: Tarquin, TSVI & Luru & Jammz
Sounds like: Being in a pleasant state of tipsy at a smoke and tropical plant-filled rave.
In case you missed it, check out last week’s Under The Radar tracks right here.
- Cover Image: Paul Swanson
- Text: Jake Boyer, Jacob Davey, Bianca Giulione, Stephanie Smith-Strickland