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: Brooklyn What They’ve Been Working On: Her debut music video "How It's Gonna B", taken from her recently-released EP Purity. Sounds Like: If you could use a pinball machine and a cotton candy-maker as instruments in your dream-pop band.
Where: Victoria, Canada What They’ve Been Working On: "Phone Light Up", his expertly-produced debut single. Sounds Like: Spending the entire Uber ride home fuming because your fuck-buddy found love in the club tonight. You? Not so much.
Where: London What They’ve Been Working On: Following up his strong Jupiter EP with his miraculous new single "Young". Sounds Like: A psychedelic journey through the strains of your own memory, at once terrifying and rapturous.
Where: Berlin What They’ve Been Working On: Revered producers Farhot and Bazzazian's duo project are prepping their debut EP, the fittingly-titled Angry German. Sounds Like: Siren blares and laser guns going off while you hold an exorcism in an industrial rave.
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Where: Berlin What They’ve Been Working On: Preparing to release his debut album, "Blindmaker" is the project's sophomore single. Sounds Like: Road-tripping with your friends and getting to the point where you're almost home; where everyone sits in silence somehow hoping the journey won't end.
Where: Los Angeles What They’ve Been Working On: This wunderkind has already nabbed a collab with Willow Smith, and is now gearing up for the release of her debut EP How Many Times Have You Driven By. Sounds Like: When you're forced to go out into the world and do people things when you can barely manage to make it to your kitchen without wanting to collapse in a heap on the floor.
Where: London What They’ve Been Working On: His second album Juice, bolstered by the video for "Lock Down" starring a who's who of the UK's thriving urban scenes. Sounds Like: If the plinking synth-score of 2015's It Follows was transferred out of a horror film and into a punchbowl of grime, dancehall, and trap.
Where: London What They’ve Been Working On: New single "Growing", served up with a visual every bit as irresistibly mellow as the track. Sounds Like: Finally getting to relax after a long day and unwinding luxuriously; think mezcal on ice in a darkly-lit lounge full of plants.
Where: Paris What They’ve Been Working On: Their debut mixtape SUSHI BOUBOU #1, out now in all its dizzily-electro glory. Sounds Like: The fuzzy inner lining of your brain after a bong hit, particularly when it swings rapidly between zen-calm and paranoid-freak out in a span of seconds.
Where: London What They’ve Been Working On: Their debut single "bj.sadsong", a kaleidoscope of styles united in melancholy. Sounds Like: An ancient spirit of the earth whispering its feelings to the waterfalls.
Be sure to check out last week's round up of Under the Radar artists right here.