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 soon.
Where: Atlanta What They’ve Been Working On: Linking up with 21 Savage for "Wit It", a track that's equal parts adorable and filthy. Sounds Like: Having really dirty sex in a room that's full of pink flowery puffy pillows.
Where: Los Angeles What They’ve Been Working On: Their freshly-released debut album Pink Politics which features a collab with Rick & Morty co-creator Justin Roiland (really). Sounds Like: The soundtrack to a less innocent John Hughes movie; like if Harmony Korine decided to re-make Sixteen Candles.
Where: Berlin What They’ve Been Working On: New single "Sticky", which arrived with a visual as colorful and disorienting as the city's nightlife that inspired it. Sounds Like: Having a moment on the dancefloor when the drugs hit and you're not sure if you're feeling on top of the world or in need of hitting the bathroom stat.
Where: Rome What They’ve Been Working On: The video for "The Biggest of Hearts" taken from the astonishing. recently-released sophomore album Inesse. Sounds Like: Cutting out your broken heart in a very literal, witchcraft-y way to finally get over that last breakup.
Where: New York What They’ve Been Working On: Delivering skull-crushing electro designed to listen to directly in front of a speaker like new single "Loud Magic". Sounds Like: Riding around one of those TRON bikes and scowling. Not angry, just scowling.
Where: New York What They’ve Been Working On: The breakout artist is cresting the wave of his come-up with the phenomenal new single "Blame It on the Bag". Sounds Like: A New York-summer in the '90s that could only exist in your dreams because it's too perfect to be a part of the real world.
Where: London What They’ve Been Working On: "You" is his debut single, which is nuts - this song is a sublimely evocative first outing, full of subtle moods and rich textures buoyed by his haunting voice. Sounds Like: Being preserved in amber.
Where: London What They’ve Been Working On: The Lil Peep-collaborator's star continues to rise with his own work, evidenced best by hard-hitting new single "Bloodtype". Sounds Like: Having angst that's actually pretty justified and sweating out your troubles in the club.
Where: Port-au-Prince What They’ve Been Working On: The Haitian producer has linked up with mega-superstar J. Balvin on new single "Positivo" - your hips will not stand still during play-through. Sounds Like: Playing a kazoo during a sensual dance routine and making it drop dead sexy.
Where: ?? Berlin, maybe ?? What They’ve Been Working On: As a self-proclaimed 'mystery act' with no other info - we're not sure if this is a real person or a spirit. Sounds Like: Cascading in slow motion down a waterfall made of frost.
Be sure to check out last week's edition of Under the Radar right here.