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.

“Cloud 99”

Who: Jords
Where: London
Sounds Like: Going on a date to the beach boardwalk where you slowly feed each other cotton candy while looking at the waves.

“Erhu Jam”

Who: Ciel
Where: Toronto
Sounds Like: A Chinese violin put through a particle accelerator under a warehouse rave.

“Formula One”

Who: LaFreshman
Where: San Francisco
Sounds Like: Looking back on your summer fling that ended really, really badly and still finding a few nice moments to make you smile.

“Jones” ft. FOGGIERAW & SlimJimJones

Who: Nafets
Where: Fort Worth, Maryland
Sounds Like: Getting insane dry mouth from a blunt and walking for what seems like a lifetime in the hot sun to get to the 7-11 to buy Laffy Taffy.

“Make Money” ft. Bryte

Who: Mina
Where: London / Accra, Ghana
Sounds Like: Riding on the back of one of those tiny mopeds and clinging to dear life to the driver as you zoom through tiny alleyways full of people.

“Phases” ft. French Montana

Who: Alma
Where: Helsinki
Sounds Like: Saying ‘No I’m not going to have another drink,’ but then somehow another appears in your hand.

“Rich and Famous”

Who: Sara Phillips
Where: Los Angeles
Sounds Like: Tossing aside your phone right after you say “It’s over” to your now-ex and speeding away in your car.


Who: Julius
Where: Orange County, California
Sounds Like: Slipping off a silk bathrobe and lighting a few sticks of incense.


Where: ???
Sounds Like: Your high school crush jamming with his impossibly cool friends in his parents’ garage.

“Work It Out”

Who: Tiggs Da Author
Where: London
Sounds Like: Having déjà vu so intense on the dancefloor that you drop your drink and stand motionless trying to figure out where you are.

Be sure to check out last week’s edition of Under the Radar right here.

Music Editor
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