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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.

BAUM

Where: Los Angeles
What They’ve Been Working On: Her powerful Ungodly EP that just dropped.
Sounds Like: The kind of vocal delivery we wished we heard in church! Amen!

Blakey

Where: London
What They’ve Been Working On: His latest single “Prism of Love” featuring songstress JONES, which you can listen to above.
Sounds Like: Strolling on a beach at sunset, deep in your feels…

Lauren Auder

Where: London
What They’ve Been Working On: His debut EP Who Carry’s You, out on the ever-intriguing True Panther Sounds.
Sounds Like: A glitch in the matrix revealing the heavens above.

Louis III

Where: Croydon, UK
What They’ve Been Working On: Two killer singles “Fever Thoughts” and his latest “Goosebumps.”
Sounds Like: Ummm…goosebumps when you lay eyes on an impossibly cute person!? The kind of dreamboat R&B we simply can’t get enough of.

McKinley Dixon

Where: Annapolis, MD, U.S.A.
What They’ve Been Working On: His second mixtape of a trilogy, The Importance Of Self Belief, coming soon!
Sounds Like: That one friend that actually pays attention to what’s going on, who loves jazz and old school hip-hop, and is low-key about the fact that they’re going to low-key change the world someday.

Pooks

Where: Toronto
What They’ve Been Working On: His not to miss Under the Moon EP!
Sounds Like: A David Lynch film soundtrack meets late night bedroom soundtrack.

softcoresoft

Where: Montréal, QC, Canada
What They’ve Been Working On: An EP coming out on one of our fave underground dance music labels Lobster Theremin.
Sounds Like: Sitting on the ground in the middle of a cyber forest, looking up at the trees.

Subculture Sage

Where: London
What They’ve Been Working On: Their Niccolo’s Dead project dropping April 6.
Sounds Like: Your favorite Grime MC listening to Eastern music all day and getting riled up about the frustrating state of local and global politics.

WESTSIDE Parlé

Where: Bronx, NY
What They’ve Been Working On: He just released a 5 song playlist called Hallway Raps in anticipation of his HDO (Hardest Drugs Online) LP dropping later this year.
Sounds Like: Smoking a joint on a Sunday afternoon while pondering your personal finances.

Yakamoto Kotzuga

Where: Venice, Italy
What They’ve Been Working On: His album Slowly Fading, out March 23rd on La Tempesta International.
Sounds Like: Walking home at dusk after spending a blissful day with your high school crush that you thought you’d never see again.

Be sure to check out last week’s roundup of 10 under the radar artists right here.

Associate Music Editor

A “multi-hyphenate” Cancer Sun, Aquarius Rising, Virgo Moon, whom loves matcha.

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