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: North Bergen, New Jersey
What They’ve Been Working On: Glitter, her debut EP, and a casual flex in signing to G.O.O.D Music / Def Jam Records.
Sounds Like: The birth of a new star, keep your eyes on this one.
Where: Los Angeles
What They’ve Been Working On: “Shook”, a new single that finds him linking up with fellow rising MC Sleep.
Sounds Like: Being haunted by a femme fatale as you realize your life has somehow turned into a film noir, plumes of cigarette smoke and all.
What They’ve Been Working On: “Fucked Up on You”, the latest single in a slew of tracks soaked in heavy, atmospheric production.
Sounds Like: An anguished, heartbroken voicemail picked up from stray sound waves bouncing around space.
Where: San Francisco
What They’ve Been Working On: The Alone Time EP, a two-years-in-the-making project that’s about to be unveiled.
Sounds Like: Getting sucked into an ’80s fantasy movie and befriending the magical puppet creatures therein.
Where: Los Angeles
What They’ve Been Working On: The upcoming debut EP Pink Cloud, due out on April 27.
Sounds Like: Hanging out in nature with your friends on a day trip that produces numerous photographs that work well with multiple filters.
What They’ve Been Working On: Finding time to self-direct the video for “GIRLS/BOYS” in between creating club nights with VICE.
Sounds Like: Sitting in the corner of a club and blowing up balloon animals to hand out to everyone who passes by.
Ross From Friends
Where: Somewhere in the UK
What They’ve Been Working On: Signing to Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder label and the Aphelion EP, out next Friday, April 6.
Sounds Like: Putting an FM car radio into a blender along with some tropical fruit and drinking the resulting sonic smoothie in a cup with a tiny umbrella.
What They’ve Been Working On: Their debut album Season 01, expected to arrive sometime this summer.
Sounds Like: Dancing in the club with serious brain freeze.
What They’ve Been Working On: Linking up with producer Rudimental for her high-octane new single “My Way”.
Sounds Like: The ‘Rainbow Road’ level of MarioKart where you keep careening off the side of the road into space at impossible speed.
Where: Huntington Beach, California
What They’ve Been Working On: Following up last year’s strong debut EP with some standout singles, “Tony Montana” being the latest.
Sounds Like: If the “Hotel California” made famous by the Eagles was refurbished into a neon-lit trap house.
Be sure to check out the previous edition of Under the Radar right here.
- Photography: Thandi Phoenix