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: Taipei, Taiwan
What They’ve Been Working On: After more notably working with Grimes on the pop star’s 2015 full-length Art Angels, she came out with her solo LP last year, and just contributed to the excellent Silk Road Sounds Vol. 1 compilation.
Sounds Like: Pop music playing in a futuristic shopping mall you can only visit in your dreams.
Where: Antwerp, Belgium
What They’ve Been Working On: The wonderful video for “elusive” you can watch above, a follow-up to their 2017 debut EP Mic Check.
Sounds Like: If The Fugees were stylish 21st century Belgians.
Where: Casablanca, Morocco
What They’ve Been Working On: The above music video for her latest pop bop earworm.
Sounds Like: Saccharine-sweet indecision, like having to choose between two equally cute pairs of sneakers.
What They’ve Been Working On: The insane music video for “shadows” which you can see above, directed by Markus Hofko who has worked with Flying Lotus.
Sounds Like: If Kaytranada produced beats for Animal Crossing.
Where: Los Angeles
What They’ve Been Working On: Joe Hodges just released his Self-Titled EP at the beginning of the month, but he assures us there’s plenty more where that came from.
Sounds Like: The OVO crew after spending a few weeks in LA.
Where: London via Lagos
What They’ve Been Working On: A single dropping in the next few weeks.
Sounds Like: Dutty wine-ing at a vogue ball.
Where: LA / NYC
What They’ve Been Working On: A steady stream of addictive singles, the latest of which is “Never Think of You.”
Sounds Like: Waking up in an apartment that looks like a third wave café under a pile of duvets as a cute person comes to bring you a coffee with perfect latte art.
Where: Dakar to Paris to New York
What They’ve Been Working On: After dropping his latest track “Cold Feet,” Moha’s gearing up for some US and European tour dates the next few months.
Sounds Like: Being serenaded in a hammock under the sun.
What They’ve Been Working On: Gearing up for the release of his third EP High Tide.
Sounds Like: Riding bikes in the middle of the summer with your best friends.
Where: United Kingdom
What They’ve Been Working On: A new EP called Sunder out February 23 on Ninja Tune.
Sounds Like: Crying outside the techno afterparty while trying desperately to hail a cab home.
Be sure to check out the previous edition of Under the Radar right here.
- Cover Image: c/o Kah-Lo