If there’s one thing that gets most of us 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 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 musicians 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 artists to discover this week, and stay tuned for a fresh selection next week.
Where: Dublin What They’ve Been Working On: New single "Glow," the first of several tracks expected to arrive over the course of 2018. Sounds Like: Faeries in the woodlands letting you crash their enchanted rave.
Where: Stockholm What They’ve Been Working On: "Blue Cheese," a perfectly-blissed out debut single. Sounds Like: If Mac DeMarco was attractive in a non-gross way and used a drum machine.
Where: Bolton What They’ve Been Working On: Following up last year's promising string of singles with "2 Real," which just got the DIY video treatment. Sounds Like: Jai Paul production warped through the lens of a Lorde who always smiled instead of grimaced, with additional swag that can surely only belong to Chrystal.
Where: Copenhagen What They’ve Been Working On: Gearing up for a big project release following the runaway smash of "Remedy." Sounds Like: The best pop song of the year that begins with the phrase "you can fuck it up if you want to."
Where: Reykjavík What They’ve Been Working On: "NEI TAKK," their first new single of the year. It means "no thanks" in Icelandic, but that message is fairly clear as soon as you press play. Sounds Like: When you roll through the club with your crew but your crew is actually a bunch of subwoofers wearing suits.
Where: London What They’ve Been Working On: Following up his debut, Couch Baby, with his upcoming sophomore album. "Doing Better" is the lead single. Sounds Like: A really great date that ends in doing something naughty and sensual in public.
Where: Atlanta What They’ve Been Working On: After linking up with 21 Savage, Laylow is gearing up for the release of a slew of new tracks - such as the above "Comme Des Garçon." Sounds Like: Getting good news and bouncing down the street more than Laylow's Supreme bum bag bounces around in the "Comme Des Garçon" video.
Where: New York What They’ve Been Working On: The MOVE ME EP, a title that compels the listener to do exactly what it is named. Sounds Like: Hallucinating an alternate reality that is miles away from this dimension, one that only exists as a cloud-like dancefloor.
Where: London What They’ve Been Working On: New single "Confirmation," a huge leap forward and promising sign of things to come. Sounds Like: The kind of music that should soundtrack an emotional montage in an '80s movie; all the feels without any of the cheese.
Where: Brisbane What They’ve Been Working On: New single "Arc," a taster of an upcoming EP due out by year's end. Sounds Like: When you're driving and bae puts their hand on your leg and you realize 'ah, this is serious now.'
Be sure to check out last week's edition of Under the Radar right here.