Best of DIY Music: March 2019

If one thing can be said about this year, it is that there is no shortage in quality music. Featuring musicians from Sweden, Germany, Norway, and North America, we’ve covered sultry, rhythm and blues, funk, ambient, jazz, and hip hop. Below are our handpicked single releases from some of the best independent artists this month.



Deep tropical R&B with stunning vocals and a bouncy beat.
Origin: Stockholm, Sweden 🇸🇪
Kindred sounds: Kali Uchis, Kelela, Little Dragon



Andrew Cosentino
In Kinder Light

A meditative exploration of ambient loops and airy beats.
Origin: New York City, United States 🇺🇸
Kindred sounds: Lone, Bonobo, Taylor McFerrin


Catch A Dinosaur

Jammy pop rock with charming reverberations.
Origin: Massachusetts, United States 🇺🇸
Kindred sounds: Real Estate, Wray, Horsebeach


Yellow Shoots & Braxton Cook
Magic Man

Psych meets funk in Greg Matthews’ /Yellow Shoots latest track about social acceptance.
Origin: New York City, United States🇺🇸
Kindred sounds: Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Parliament


Dee Da Kidd & DArtizt

Easily repeatable lo-fi hip hop that should be paired with all city driving.
Origin: Arizona, United States 🇺🇸
Kindred sounds: Bone Thugs N Harmony, Eazy-E, Nate Dogg


Lonely Machines
Steady Rain

New wave is revitalized in Matthew Ernest Filler and Robert Vaccarelli‘s latest single from the upcoming album, Gypsy.
Origin: New York City, United States🇺🇸
Kindred sounds: Corners, Preoccupations, David Bowie


Melle Brown & Oli Hannaford
Background Noise

A brilliant dance track with soulful vocals and positive messages.
Origin: London, United Kingdom 🇬🇧
Kindred sounds: Tom Misch, SBTRKT, Disclosure



A contemporary + catchy take on R&B by cool youth, Zaia.
Origin: Atlanta, United States 🇺🇸
Kindred sounds: Topaz Jones, Steve Lacy, The Internet


Clay Dudash

Echos and throwback tempos frame improv storytelling in Clay Dudash‘s “Freestyle”.
Origin: Tuscon, United States 🇺🇸
Kindred sounds: Big L, ATCQ


Say You Will

Dreamy disco pop that pulls at all heartstrings for the college electro-indie lovers.
Origin: Dresden, Germany 🇩🇪
Kindred sounds: Cut Copy, Miami Horror, M83, Air



The owner of “several chatrooms” and an authentic lo-fi track, Zenome‘s style is striking and memorable.
Origin: Alberta, Canada 🇨🇦
Kindred sounds: King Missile, Tyler the Creator, Mr Carmack


Fake Love

Minimal synth pop by prolific bedroom artist Robokid.
Origin: Massachusetts, United States 🇺🇸
Kindred sounds: Tesla Boy, P!ATD



Deep house uncovered in synth beat intricacies and soulful vocals.
Origin: Ireland 🇺🇸
Kindred sounds: SG Lewis, Kaskade, Daft Punk


Walking Bicycles

Psych art rock with a solid beat and a nostalgic lo-fi vibe.
Origin: Chicago, United States 🇺🇸
Kindred sounds: Kite Party, La Luz



KeepVibesNear effortlessly combines emotional lyrics with a simple melancholy melody in the beautiful, “Estranged”.
Origin: London, United Kingdom 🇬🇧
Kindred sounds: James Blake, Tom Misch, Jordan Rakei



I can personally attest to having this last track on repeat, but I’ll leave it up to Tilla to describe her perfect sultry anthem.

“It is like cold Norwegian rain tapping your window pane at night and Californian ’70s soul on acid had a love affair and gave birth to this song.”

Origin: Norway 🇺🇸
Kindred sounds: Charlotte Day Wilson, Syd, LYVES

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