Best of DIY Music: February 2019

We’re just breaths away from the beginning of March and the best new music has already been mapped out for us. Below are avant-garde projects ranging from lo-fi shoegaze to electro-house. Now get comfortable, turn up the speakers, and dive in. 🌊



90s-tinged grunge with shoegaze melodies and lo-fi vocals.
Origin: Midlands, United Kingdom 🇬🇧
Kindred sounds: WAND, Demob Happy, Tigercub


Northside Nate

Northside Nate
Violent Innocence

Introspective hip-hop boasting smooth vocals and soulful samples.
Origin: Toronto, Canada 🇨🇦
Kindred sounds: Lupe Fiasco, Joey Bada$$, A Tribe Called Quest


Moon Loves Honey
Every Night and Day

Airy dream-pop that will leave you floating.
Origin: Arhus, Denmark 🇩🇰
Kindred sounds: High Highs, Snakadaktal, Yumi Zouma



Striking vocals and a slow-moving crescendo that will set the mood.
Origin: Sydney, Australia 🇦🇺
Kindred sounds: Zero 7, Florence + the Machine, Lianne La Havas


Deep Sea Peach Tree

A hazy love song with the coolest bass line and a novel ending.
Origin: New York City, United States 🇺🇸
Kindred sounds: Homeshake, Mac DeMarco, Craft Spells


Just Kiddin & Effie
There For You

Upbeat club that can easily be left on repeat.
Origin: Northamptonshire, United Kingdom 🇬🇧
Kindred sounds: Disclosure, Calvin Harris, Kelela, Limitless


Reggie Got Beats & Vebjørn Mamen

A revitalizing take on neo-soul & disco funk.
Origin: Trondheim, Norway 🇳🇴
Kindred sounds: Steve Lacy, Tom Misch, D’Angelo


party u

Influenced by cumbia, classic Mexican films, soul, and jazz, BESOS‘s “party u” is a romantic dream I never want to end.
Origin: Portland, United States 🇺🇸
Kindred sounds: Gardens & Villa, Paul Cherry


Lucille Furs 
“Another Land”

The millennium meets 1972. Lucille Furs bring an authentic buzz to modern psych via Chicago.
Origin: Los Angeles, United States 🇺🇸
Kindred sounds: Tame Impala, Temples, Vinyl Williams



Deep synthwave with a funky bassline. It would be a sin not to dance to this.
Origin: Netherlands 🇳🇱
Kindred sounds: Satin Jackets, Pomo, Kaytranada, Dorian Concept


Falling Deep

Addictive deep house with a relaxed build.
Origin: Victoria, Australia 🇦🇺
Kindred sounds: Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, StarRo, George Fitzgerald, Snakehips


Vamos A Tomar

Allegro latin pleasures from veteran Tep No collaborator, Pricess.
Origin: Toronto, Canada 🇨🇦
Kindred sounds: CSS, New Young Pony Club, Todd Terje


That Breeze

For past, present, and future lovers, almost nothing is sweeter than this indie jam.
Origin: New York City, United States 🇺🇸
Kindred sounds: Ásgeir, Here We Go Magic, Moses Sumney


Pekoe Cat

Nostalgic electro pop with a feel-good vibe, Pekoe Cat demands attention by using charming anthems and atmospheric instrumentation.
Origin: Toronto, Canada 🇨🇦
Kindred sounds: Animal Collective, Panda Bear, Avey Tare


Marius, G.L.A.M. & KWE$T

Chilled out R&B with a mellow beat.
Origin: Oslo, Norway 🇳🇴
Kindred sounds: The Internet, Syd, Kali Uchis


Brotha Josh and The Quickness, Lauren Beller
Low Key

Neo-soul with a funky bass line and downbeat style, Brotha Josh and the gang showcase authentic talent for the evolved modern genre.
Origin: United States 🇺🇸
Kindred sounds: Tom Misch, Jordan Rakei


Very Nice Massage
Get To The Dada

Made in a windowless room with a computer, keyboard, and microphones, the vaporwave duo embodies nostalgic, genre-bending, rule-breaking pop.
Origin: New York City, United States 🇺🇸
Kindred sounds: John Maus, King Krule, Vektroid


Wenchi Rue
Grained Away

Builder of beats and minimalist lo-fi compositions, Wenchi Rue provides copyright free music for films, marketing, and more.
Origin: Taiwan 🇹🇼
Kindred sounds: Kidsø, echos, ak, yoe mase


The Bliss Magnets
Shark of Insanity

A shark-themed psych loop with a sick guitar solo. Jam on, motherfuckers.
Origin: Georgia, United States
Kindred sounds: Talking Heads, Erlend Oye, Bear In Heaven


Dirty Dirty
Emotional Whatever Things

Seattle based garage psych rockers Dirty Dirty’s latest will hit you with a wall of sound. If you’re raging, here’s your anthem.
Origin: Washington, United States
Kindred sounds: Thee Oh Sees, The Bronx, WAND


Max Gowan
7th Day

Atmospheric lo-fi garage from thoughtful indie artists in DC and one of my favorite tracks from this year by far.
Origin: United States
Kindred sounds: Broken Social Scene, Yuck, The Shins

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