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.
Sounds Like: Communing with the hidden spirits and nymphs of the forest and learning their ancient healing arts.
Where: Madison, Wisconsin
Sounds Like: Having sex after a bong rip and alternating between being paranoid about how loud you are and feeling more amazing than you’ve ever felt.
“Call Me Over”
Who: Always Never
Sounds Like: When you’re drinking in the club and you think ‘Huh, I’m not horny at all’ then you have one more round and you are suddenly on the prowl.
“Feelin’ Alright” ft. Reva Devito
Who: Nick Wisdom
Sounds Like: Friday night, sunset, drink in your cup, your friends are there, and all is well.
Who: Kara Marni
Sounds Like: Hooking up with someone in a room that is entirely stainless steel and chrome.
Who: Rexx Life Raj
Where: Berkeley, California
Sounds Like: Getting mad at your friends, so instead of going out you pout and watch the rain drip slowly against your window.
Sounds Like: Growing gills, swimming deep beneath the surface of the sea and finding a rave in the ruins of Atlantis.
“Some Dreams I Won’t Remember”
Who: Jung Youth
Sounds Like: If the movie Drive had cast an up and coming emcee instead of Ryan Gosling, one who rapped over the iconic soundtrack.
“What You Gonna Do”
Sounds Like: The year 2037 when we can hire a sex robot to perform an R&B-based seduction.
“Плохое путешествие” / “Bad Trip”
Who: ПОЕХАЛИ / POEXALI
Sounds Like: Drinking vodka from the bottle to stay warm while staying the night in a rave haunted by well-meaning but spooky Soviet ghosts.
Be sure to check out last week’s edition of Under the Radar right here.
- Cover Image: Jesse Crankson