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: New York What They’ve Been Working On: The Pleasures of the Bull EP, which arrives on February 23. Sounds Like: Visiting a post-apocalyptic, entirely-mechanized meditation garden; organic matter has ceased to exist but you can still enjoy its replication of serenity.
Where: Los Angeles What They’ve Been Working On: Working double time on his signature blend of psych-chillwave and a line of streetwear. Sounds Like: The moments in trippy movies from the '60s where everything becomes a cartoon.
Where: Paris/Tokyo What They’ve Been Working On: Her debut EP Warped Caress, which should more than live up to the promise of hazy single "Alien Lady." Sounds Like: A tropical cruise in the '80s - but not a real one; the kind you would only see in late night TV commercials or in a video game.
Where: London What They’ve Been Working On: Slowly beginning to release the results of long sessions in the studio in 2017, "No Title" is our first taste of what's to come. Sounds Like: The legit version of the tough as nails, British rapper/R&B crooner hybrid that Drake tried so hard to be on More Life.
Where: Los Angeles What They’ve Been Working On: The very beginning of their partnership, of which "Basement" is a giddy early entrant. Sounds Like: If PC Music focused less on making skull-crushingly abrasive dance music and more on dancehall-pop.
Where: Toronto What They’ve Been Working On: Writing, recording and producing everything himself, like the above stunner of a track, "Heaven's Only Wishful." Sounds Like: Everything in indie rock, synth pop and R&B that makes you feel things rolled into one loaded burrito of feelings and musical styles.
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Where: Nairobi What They’ve Been Working On: SHE, a concept record about what it means to be a modern woman in her native Kenya. Sounds Like: The East African answer to the variety of pop/dancehall/trap hybrids emerging on our side of the ocean.
Where: Atlanta What They’ve Been Working On: The Unfold EP, featuring the moving collaboration with vocalist Ashley Leone, "Bliss." Sounds Like: Looking back on a trip that involved visiting waterfalls and incredible emotional baggage with a sense of catharsis.
Where: Hastings What They’ve Been Working On: His sophomore EP Walking on Water, on which the ebullient "Kool Aid" appears. Sounds Like: Making seamless moves on the dancefloor that involve a lot of shimmying.
Where: Atlanta What They’ve Been Working On: Pronounced 'went all in,' "Way Out" is the debut single from the overtly colorful artist. Sounds Like: If you gave a brass band a bunch of Ritalin and told them to recreate a Carlos Santana album from memory.
Be sure to check out last week's edition of Under the Radar right here.