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.
“Afraid to Be King”
Who: Joel Culpepper
Sounds Like: Your heart breaking. No really, this is what it sounds like when doves cry and you have no tissue.
Who: Jaee Bryant
Where: Charleston, South Carolina
Sounds Like: If the soundtrack to It Follows had an emcee spitting bars over each song.
Who: Oriel Poole
Where: Los Angeles
Sounds Like: Driving in a convertible on a coastal highway at sunset wearing all white, knowing that your life is just bomb.
Sounds Like: The days where you’re so happy that your commute to work feels like a musical number happening inside your head.
Who: Brook Baili
Sounds Like: That exact moment when you lock eyes with the hottie across the room and you know you’ll be sharing a cab within the next few hours.
Who: Brookes Brothers
Sounds Like: Attending a competition of gospel choirs after pounding a six-pack of Monster energy drink.
“Never Forget We’re Here / Tales From the East”
Who: Tobi Sunmola
Where: Manchester, UK
Sounds Like: If David Lynch used an up-and-coming emcee to score a dream sequence instead of a platinum-blonde soprano.
Who: Gold Fir
Sounds Like: Getting sucked into an ’80s arcade game a la Tron and chilling in the luxury 8-bit night club.
Sounds Like: When you find your friends all in one place on the dance floor after searching for hours.
Who: Lady HD
Where: Los Angeles
Sounds Like: Finally going on that beach vacation you’ve been promising to take for literal years.
Be sure to check out last week’s edition of Under the Radar right here.