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.
What They’ve Been Working On: This syrupy new single, a follow-up to last year’s full-length Black Wedding.
Sounds Like: Dancing the tango with a ghost in a very sensual, non-scary way.
Where: New York
What They’ve Been Working On: Moving away from a career in modeling to focus on music. If “Jungle” is anything to go by, it’s a good choice.
Sounds Like: An island vacation that becomes very, very, seductively dangerous.
Where: New York
What They’ve Been Working On: Launching his solo career away from DIIV with this amazing single and video – his Post Malone and Grimes impressions are on point.
Sounds Like: Something you would hear at the Road House in Twin Peaks without the underlying sense that you could die in an interdimensional vortex at any moment.
What They’ve Been Working On: Following up her Marie Antoinette EP with the powerhouse single “Now He Wears White.”
Sounds Like: Summoning the winds à la Storm from X-Men to get back at everyone who scorned you.
What They’ve Been Working On: Releasing his new project Quarter Life Crisis one song at a time, “Heavenly Mother” is this week’s entry.
Sounds Like: The revisionist take on the divine feminine you are in serious need of after the past month’s headlines.
What They’ve Been Working On: Continuing a winning streak of 2017 singles, capped off by the irresistible “Watch Me.”
Sounds Like: The less obnoxious, more mature, way hotter older sibling of Drake’s “Hotline Bling.”
Where: Los Angeles
What They’ve Been Working On: Linking up with Twin Shadow (!!) for this excellent slice of sun-kissed power-pop.
Sounds Like: Dark summer nights that are sickly-sweet with humidity, sneaking out for secret kisses.
What They’ve Been Working On: The self-described “Anthony Bourdain of rap” is launching a string of new singles with the above.
Sounds Like: Throwing out your best moves to impress the bae at the club with your awe-inspiring hips.
What They’ve Been Working On: Following up their T A K E 3 EP with this blisteringly-political new single, Donald Trump-samples and all.
Sounds Like: The worst nightmare of the alt-right; informed, educated hip-hop delivering discourse on immigration.
What They’ve Been Working On: Dropping a pair of singles – “Preoccupied” and “Your Kinda Love” – ahead of an EP due out early next year.
Sounds Like: Someone that you’re going to be hearing a lot from next year. Really, keep your eyes on this one.
Be sure to check out last week’s edition of Under the Radar right here.