If there’s one thing that gets most of us music-lovers 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 a fresh discovery playing in our offices.
Since our inboxes tend to get inundated with projects from artists interested in coverage, we use each Wednesday to spotlight some of the quietly wondrous musicians that find their way to us every 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: Paris What They’ve Been Working On: The Ed Banger-signee is fresh from releasing the 4-track Se Voui Ballare EP. Sounds Like: Getting blind drunk at a futuristic cocktail party and going B2B with a robot on the evening's DJ set.
Where: Melbourne What They’ve Been Working On: Following up last year's debut album Intimacy & Isolation with some bold new directions; "D4" is a great indicator of things to come. Sounds Like: The Australian-entrant to the emo-rap revival you never knew you needed to cry in your room to so badly.
Where: Toronto What They’ve Been Working On: This 18-year old wunderkind has delivered an inspired femme-spin on 6IX9INE's "Gummo" video for her latest single "Opps", and we could not be more here for it. Sounds Like: The effervescent feeling that courses through your body when you chug ice-cold champagne at the pre-game.
Where: Toronto What They’ve Been Working On: Shooting a visual in Morocco for "Hold Out the Light", set to appear on his upcoming EP S/T. Sounds Like: Coasting through an international street fair, awash in sights, sounds, and food from six continents on a single block.
Where: ??? somewhere in the world ??? What They’ve Been Working On: The extremely-enigmatic producer has dropped "Peace of Mind", only their second single. Sounds Like: Riding around in Wonder Woman's invisible jet and watching the sunset as you hop around one puffy cloud after another.
Where: Berlin What They’ve Been Working On: His debut album; "I've Been Doped Babe" is the project's first single and video. Sounds Like: If you went to make an album in a cabin in the woods like Bon Iver but it was the cabin from Evil Dead.
Where: Los Angeles What They’ve Been Working On: Gearing up for the release of EP3, full of some of her most fleshed-out work to date; "Sade in the 90s" is a prime slice of her immediately memorable bars. Sounds Like: Your smart friend in high school who had all the quips suddenly making it as a trap star.
Where: London What They’ve Been Working On: Her debut album Devotion, made in part with the inimitable Micachu. Sounds Like: Spending a rainy Saturday at home after eating just a tiny bit of magic mushrooms to make things more interesting.
Where: Los Angeles What They’ve Been Working On: Teaming up with Beyoncé-choreographer JaQuel Knight on the lush video for single "Freak"; stay tuned for a new album this summer. Sounds Like: Having really hot sex in an ice hotel à la the James Bond movie Die Another Day.
Where: Los Angeles What They’ve Been Working On: The producer is gearing up for his next release, a "driving album", enlisting heavy-hitters like Ray BLK and Kid Ink to join in on the fun. Sounds Like: The beat dropping so hard in the club that you drop your $9 drink and it shatters everywhere but you ain't even mad.
Be sure to check out last week's edition of Under the Radar right here.