If there’s one thing that gets most of us music-lovers through the day, it’s discovering new artists. 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 a fresh discovery playing in our offices.
Since our inboxes tend to get inundated with projects from artists interested in coverage, we use each Wednesday to spotlight some of the quietly wondrous musicians that find their way to us every 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 artists to discover this week, and stay tuned for a fresh selection next week.
Where: San Francisco/Los Angeles
What They’ve Been Working On: Following up their strong debut EP The Panther in the Room with this gloriously sunny new single “Nothing to Lose”.
Sounds Like: A song that comes on one of the radio stations on Grand Theft Auto that makes you stop the game to immediately find out what it is.
What They’ve Been Working On: The Le Volte EP, set to release on April 27 through Berlin-based house label UNDERTHESEA.
Sounds Like: Dancing like no one is watching in an absurdly colorful room – think Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory housing a dance-off.
What They’ve Been Working On: The elusive, anonymous GOLDA are fresh from the release of their debut EP Complex.
Sounds Like: Swimming pool ripples that are capable of making music on their own.
What They’ve Been Working On: Unveiling her debut EP With Love, From Yesterday, which is out now.
Sounds Like: Wearing an outfit made of coconuts and palm tree leaves and shaking hips that lie even less than Shakira’s.
What They’ve Been Working On: “Acid Jazz”, his first track of the year, though expect an EP to arrive in the near future.
Sounds Like: A heady mix between the Black Lodge from Twin Peaks and a freestyle showcase of burgeoning MC’s.
Where: North Carolina
What They’ve Been Working On: The 8 MC-strong posse are back with another trunk-rattling single, “Three K.I.N.”, which is set to appear on their forthcoming EP Clout.
Sounds Like: A trap house party that’s lit with dark lights and is honestly a little intimidating but still full of plenty of opportunities to get crunk.
What They’ve Been Working On: Teaming up with Mick Jenkins for the self-produced jazz-rap extravaganza that is “Jazz Got Me”.
Sounds Like: If Miles Davis was still alive and collaborating with rappers.
What They’ve Been Working On: This eye-popping visual for his single “Hjerteløs” (“Heartless”), taken from last year’s album Romeo Må Dö.
Sounds Like: ’80s power-pop beamed in from an alternate dimension (which is not a knock on the Norwegian language but an accurate description of the ethereal vibe).
What They’ve Been Working On: “The Way I Am”, her extremely promising debut single.
Sounds Like: A sonic tiramisu – layer after layer of rich genres that somehow blend together into a harmonious bite.
Where: Los Angeles
What They’ve Been Working On: Following up last year’s strong album Sebastian with an upcoming EP BLACKHEART, “Slept On” is our first taste of the project.
Sounds Like: When it’s really hot outside and you’re really sad.
Be sure to check out last week’s edition of Under the Radar right here.
- Photography: Grace Pickering