Discovering DIY: May Music Releases

“We shall meet in the place where there is no darkness.” 

George Orwell, 1984

This month’s curation is purely positive tracks that bring uplifting moods and joy because we need it. Below are some of the best independent artists and their latest releases, with something for everyone into obscure, well-crafted melodies.


Hernandez 
Magical Sad News


Between the deeply toned vocals and patterned synth, I never want this bliss invoking electro-pop dream to end. Once you hear this single, you’ll also be eagerly awaiting the full-length.
Origin: Oslo, Norway 🇳🇴
Kindred sounds: Yumi Zouma, Snakadaktal, Cut Copy

Also available on Spotify.

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Bed Scene
Bed Scene

Bed Scene
Genesis


A bouncy, bass driven indie-pop single from musician, producer, and composer Nick Aponte‘s Dulcinea. Genesis is a perfect accompaniment to a day trip, weekend morning, or any vibe that generally needs something positive.
Origin: Florida, United States 🇺🇸
Kindred sounds: Guster, Jimmy Eat World, Wray

Also available on Soundcloud, Bandcamp, and Youtube.

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Pandaraps
Kornflakes


Hip-hop producer Pandaraps playfully speaks on taking acid and being a queer artist in the Bay.
Origin: California, United States 🇺🇸
Kindred sounds: Noname, Milo, Chance the Rapper

Also available on Spotify.

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Mirror Trash
Blank


“Blank” is a perfect entry into the charming lo-fi bedroom pop channel. With a rawness and depth that could only come from a decade ago, Mirror Trash composed the river day track of 2019.
Origin: Kuala Belait, Brunei 🇧🇳
Kindred sounds: Beach Fossils, The Drums, Craft Spells

Also available on Youtube and Bandcamp.

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1-800-LOST
clara


A whimsical loop of delicate crooning and beats from 1-800-LOST‘s debut release irusu.
Origin: California, United States 🇺🇸
Kindred sounds: Baths, Panda Bear

Also available on Spotify.

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Xavier White
Love Questions


Suckers for romance should dig deep into this serenade from Xavier. Balancing subtly and smoothness is the track’s strongest point, and the music video won’t disappoint either.
Origin: New York, United States 🇺🇸
Kindred sounds: Brian McKnight, Usher, Musiq Soulchild

Also available on Youtube, and Spotify.

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Oisima ft. Wallace
Lovin’ You Was Easy


Contemporary jazz paired with world beats and soulful vocals.
Origin: Sydney, Australia 🇦🇺
Kindred sounds: Bonobo, Tom Misch

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Lexi Scatena
Hopeless Romantics


A sweet and soulful track that could warm up the coldest of hearts by independent artist Lexi Scatena.
Origin: Nevada, United States 🇺🇸
Kindred sounds: Sabrina Claudio

Also available on Spotify and Youtube.

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Binary Spirit
Neon Dreams


Looped synthwave from the mysterious + immaculately detailed producer.
Origin: New York, United States 🇺🇸
Kindred sounds: Com Truise, Lone, Home

Also available on Spotify.

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Photo Credit: Ruth Chapa

The Harmaleighs
Don’t Panic


Untouched indie-folk by thoughtful mental health activists The Harmaleighs.
Origin: Tennessee, United States 🇺🇸
Kindred sounds: Angel Olsen, Jessica Pratt, Widowspeak

Also available on Spotify.

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Ivy Sole
Lovely Fiction


A sobering visual and sonic narrative on motherhood from the poet Ivy Sole.
Origin: New York City, United States 🇺🇸
Kindred sounds: Eve, Syd, Mary J Blige.

Also available on Youtube .

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Steven Bamidele
Lighting Fires


One of my favorites releases from this year, Steven’s light-hearted and soulful tone pair perfectly with minimalistic beats.
Origin: Brighton, United Kingdom 🇬🇧
Kindred sounds: Matt Martians, Steve Lacy, Cosmo Pyke

Also available on Spotify.

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Moonlight Breakfast
Dance Moves


80s synth framing taut femme vocals will leave a lingering in your heart for more. Utilize it most efficiently by blaring it during your next strut/choreographed club appearance.
Origin: Bucharest, Romania 🇷🇴
Kindred sounds: Miami Horror, Jupiter, Little Boots

Also available on Spotify.

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Millionyoung
Reflect


Groovy chillwave track “Reflect” serves as a comeback for the beloved bedroom producer, Millionyoung.
Origin: Florida, United States 🇺🇸
Kindred sounds: Wild Nothing, Washed Out, Toro Y Moi, Daft Punk

Also available on Youtube.

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Tash
Dreaming


Flawless throaty vocals and a jazzy accompaniment make up this perfectly sultry tune. “I’m not really mad about it” is the vibe.
Origin:
Sydney, Australia 🇦🇺
Kindred sounds: Sia, Mary J. Blige, Michelle Branch

Also available on Spotify.

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A’MESSAGHI
Quest


Minimalism and introspection are on repeat in this chilled out hip-hop beat.
Origin: Paris, France 🇫🇷
Kindred sounds: Evil Needle, Sango, Kaytranada

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The Urban Renewal Project
Red Eye


Modern meets classic in this tempo shifting track by hip hop artists accompanying a live jazz band.
Origin: California, United States 🇺🇸
Kindred sounds: Injury Reserve, Travis Scott, Nate Dogg

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Mr. Ray
Interior


Complex psychedelic pop that will give your body all the feels.
Origin: Berlin, Germany 🇩🇪
Kindred sounds: The Vines, Quilt, Temples

Also available on Bandcamp and Spotify.

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Simon Mitlid
Trying


Charming indie-pop at its finest, with a new-world twang and resilient beat.
Origin: Oslo, Norway 🇳🇴
Kindred sounds: The Bird and the Bee, Kings of Convenience, Feist

Also available on Spotify and Youtube.

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Tony Pops
Static


Smooth tones, silk vox, and looping waves intersperse this intimate + ambient track.
Origin: Massachusetts, United States 🇺🇸
Kindred sounds: Erykah Badu, Kendrick Lamar, Joey BADA$$

Also available on Spotify and Youtube.

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Daniel Esrich
Night


Downtempo club pop with emotive synths and tropical beats.
Origin: South Oxfordshire, United Kingdom 🇬🇧
Kindred sounds: Satin Jackets, Kaskade, Calvin Harris

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Drug Hunt
Tristeza


Prog garage psych pop that belongs in a Tony Hawk Pro Skater soundtrack.
Origin: California, United States 🇺🇸
Kindred sounds: Gob, Pinback, Ty Segall

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PiMo
CHARMS


House music that could also potentially become a vintage automotive video game soundtrack. Rhythmic and upbeat, this track has everything you need to get your Euro party started.
Origin: Warsaw, Poland 🇵🇱
Kindred sounds: Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Gold Panda

Also available on Bandcamp and Youtube.

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