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: North London What They’ve Been Working On: Her 6 track, self-titled EP, out now! Sounds Like: Your fave 90’s R&B divas messing around with Ableton Live.
Where: Stockholm, Sweden What They’ve Been Working On: A soon-to-be-released mixtape. Sounds Like: An unholy, OVO-esque, autotuned sonic romance.
Blue Lab Beats
Where: London What They’ve Been Working On: Their debut album Xover featuring Kojey Radical, Moses Boyd, Kaidi Akinnibi, Nerija, members of Triforce, Dylan Jones from Ezra Collective, Ruby Francis, Otha Soul, Nubya Garcia, James Vickery and Tiana Major9. Sounds Like: My dream, your dream, everyone’s dream!
Where: London What They’ve Been Working On: The killer music video for “Sober” above and various European shows. Sounds Like: Drinking Henny, Margheritas and Brandy on a tropical beach.
Where: Ann Arbor, Michigan via Edo State, Nigeria What They’ve Been Working On: His next album Pink Moon… coming soon! Sounds Like: Listening to afrobeat in your friend’s beat-up but cozy car, talking about life.
Where: France What They’ve Been Working On: Slowly revealing her flawless pop-R&B tracks while playing shows around her native country. Sounds Like: Charlotte Gainsbourg’s house party sound tracked by Portishead.
Where: San Diego, USA What They’ve Been Working On: Their new album Baptism Of Thieves which is out now. Sounds Like: Giving absolutely no fucks in the best way possible
Where: EARTH What They’ve Been Working On: A film score and an upcoming world tour. Sounds Like: An anime-obsessed introvert equally obsessed with trap music and Gregorian chants.
Where: Somewhere in the USA What They’ve Been Working On: An album set to drop this year and gearing up to support Little Simz’s ‘Welcome to Wonderland’ Tour this summer. Sounds Like: The 90’s-inspired but made in 2018 metallic puffers they don in the above music video for “Through
Where: Copenhagen, Denmark What They’ve Been Working On: Working on fresh tunes and playing gigs around Europe accompanied by a live band. Sounds Like: Smooth as butter pop perfection.
Be sure to check out last week’s edition of Under the Radar right here.