Tune in and turn up

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
Where: Nashville
Sounds Like: Floating placidly underwater as rays of sunlight slowly filter downward.


Who: Joseph of Mercury
Where: Toronto
Sounds Like: If doo-wop groups had high-quality synthesizers in their prime.

“Niños Matadores”

Who: Krikor Kouchian
Where: Paris
Sounds Like: The year 1987, in all its fuzzed-out, synth-washed, cocaine-addled, neon-lit glory.


Who: Oscar #worldpeace
Where: London
Sounds Like: The highlight of your next ‘moody driving while stoned at night’ playlist.

“Santa Fe” ft. Billionaire

Where: Paris
Sounds Like: Getting waves of nostalgia for hanging out with the besties from your teenage years while you’re dancing in the club.

“Selena Gomez”

Who: ItsNate
Where: London
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
Where: Norway
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”

Who: Stalgia
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”

Where: London
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.

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