Discovering DIY: September Music Releases

September is the month of authenticity, experimentalism, and soul. Every artist below has exhibited a truly unique prowess to their genre and technique. Listen and read below for some of the best new releases in underground + independent music from the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Japan, Belgium, and Australia.


Meadow Argus
A Tender Terror


Inspiration: “The rich, deep and underlying connections between traditional folk musics, psychedelia, folklore, mythology and environmentalism” according to Australian composer, Jevan Cole of Meadow Argus.
Origin: Australia 🇦🇺
Kindred sounds: Olden Yolk

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Tamara Bubble
Forgot Your Name


Inspiration: Heartaches + breakups.
Origin: United States 🇺🇸
Kindred sounds: Kali Uchis

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Lea Thomas & John Thayer
Hoppie Canyon


Inspiration: “Seeking a sense of belonging along with the vulnerability and uncertainty that can accompany spiritual exploration” – Lea Thomas
Origin: United States 🇺🇸
Kindred sounds: Men I Trust

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fika
love funk


Inspiration: Budding romance
Origin: United Kingdom 🇬🇧
Kindred sounds: Frank Ocean

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Jerk
Rise


Inspiration: “The sun is setting, the neighbourhood is getting quiet, and my anxiousness from the day begins to fade. For me, this is the rise – when worries fade and I am able to just create.” – Joshua Kinney
Origin: United States 🇺🇸
Kindred sounds: Rejoicer

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monkeybars
New Face


Inspiration: “Stark observations, lingering emotions, and personal reflections come together in an abstractly poetic fashion.” –Eli Aleinikoff
Origin: United States 🇺🇸

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NY Teez
Outer Space


Inspiration: soul train kinds of vibes
Origin: United States 🇺🇸
Kindred sounds: Matt Martians

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Moon Panda
On The Attack


Inspiration: Singer/songwriter Maddy Myers‘ long distance relationship woes
Origin: United States 🇺🇸
Kindred sounds: Kimbra

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Hermitude featuring Buddy & BJ The Chicago Kid
OneFourThree


Inspiration: “A reflection on finding clarity in the chaos.”
Origin: Australia 🇦🇺
Kindred sounds: Anderson .Paak

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Arcturus Spring
isn’t it lovely?


Inspiration: “Making the most of your time in this life before you fade away”
Origin: United States 🇺🇸
Kindred sounds: Taylor McFerrin

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girl in red
bad idea!


Inspiration: Let-downs, break-ups, and romance.
Origin: Norway 🇳🇴
Kindred sounds: Billie Eilish, Jay Som

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LYNN
The Hottest


Origin: France 🇫🇷
Kindred sounds: Moonchild

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Jamila & The Other Heroes
Abu Dub


Inspiration: Death.
Origin: Germany 🇩🇪
Kindred sounds: Altin Gün

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Trandcention
All is Well


Inspiration: Positivity exists.
Origin: United Kingdom 🇬🇧

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CatchTwentyTwo
All Because Of Her


Inspiration: Respect and appreciate women.
Origin: United States 🇺🇸
Kindred sounds: the weeknd

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Big O
The Land of Make-believe


Inspiration: The urge to cause listeners to close their eyes and imagine themselves in a calm space in their mind.
Origin: United States 🇺🇸
Kindred sounds: J Dilla

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Kevin Holliday
Let Me Go


Inspiration: Everything sultry.
Origin: United States 🇺🇸
Kindred sounds: The Internet

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Laya & Zuma
maybe


Inspiration: The ambiguity of a budding relationship.
Origin: Japan 🇯🇵
Kindred sounds: Mariah Carey

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Blush FM
Move


Inspiration: Honoring personal truths.
Origin: United States 🇺🇸
Kindred sounds: Radiohead

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Vanessa Van Ness
True True Shot


Inspiration: A storm that destroys a small town in the ‘90s. The storm is used as a metaphor for a heroin epidemic.  

“The song is partly influenced by my own experience as a recovered addict, as well as my experience as a disaster responder in the 2015 Nepal Earthquake, and on various hurricane response projects in the US over the last six years. “- VVN
Origin: United States 🇺🇸
Kindred sounds: Nico

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Miu
Social Anxiety


Inspiration: “Moments are pleasantly warm, cozy, and a kind of good vibe.”
Origin: Netherlands 🇳🇱
Kindred sounds: Warren Xclence

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Fukszbau
Execrated Woods


Inspiration: “A meditative, introspective ride.”
Origin: Germany 🇩🇪
Kindred sounds: J-Louis

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nowfeel
Days Now


Inspiration: Accessible club music.
Origin: Canada 🇨🇦
Kindred sounds: Bonobo

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LaFrancis Vibes
Chemical Lovin’


Inspiration: “A universe of cosmic composition.”- LFV
Origin: United States 🇺🇸
Kindred sounds: Steve Lacy

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Suumhow
Bora Bora


Inspiration: “Bruising syncopated beat constructions to lush melancholic sceneries”.
Origin: Belgium 🇧🇪
Kindred sounds: Bonobo

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Levitation Room
2025


Inspiration: Lou Reed-levels of coolness.
Origin: United States 🇺🇸
Kindred sounds: Mystic Braves

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t. ys
blueberry sky


Inspiration: “Two parts dream pop, three parts bourbon. I confronted my feelings and moved back to Vancouver from SF.” -t.ys
Origin: Canada 🇨🇦
Kindred sounds: Corbin

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Pat App
No Hobby


Inspiration: Wordplay and crafty flows
Origin: United States 🇺🇸

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K.F.M.
Sakura


Inspiration: Attempting to merge lofi and trap.
Origin: United States 🇺🇸
Kindred sounds: Flying Lotus

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Yes Please
All The Time


Inspiration: “The conversation you have when you’re way too in your own head about someone.”
Origin: United States 🇺🇸
Kindred sounds: Tyler the Creator

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Stevan
LNT


Inspiration: The late ’60s 
Origin: Australia 🇦🇺
Kindred sounds: Part Time

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Ganser
Buio


Inspiration: Questioning motivation
Origin: United States 🇺🇸
Kindred sounds: Ride

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Paco Versailles
Lilac Moon


Inspiration: “A phenomenon we had never seen before, yet it felt familiar and resonated.”
Origin: United States 🇺🇸
Kindred sounds: Miami Horror

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Indianizer
Sin Cleopatra


Inspiration: “Cleopatra is an unreachable queen, the one you see in your dreams, the one you’re not going to have: not male and not female, just a mental condition to reach. She can talk Spanish, but you also go find for her in English-speaking sounds. Sometimes she talks both of them, but sometimes she doesn’t talk any human language because she has no roots. Stop searching for something you can’t have, perfection doesn’t exist. Start appreciating what stands beside you.”
Origin: Italy 🇮🇹
Kindred sounds: King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard, Hailu Mergia

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Calcou featuring Bastien
Zeitgeist


Inspiration: “A note to not get fooled by all the irritating noise and provocation that currently surround us in politics and media the overall feeling of the track remains optimistic.”
Origin: Germany 🇩🇪
Kindred sounds: George Fitzgerald

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Asta Hiroki featuring Muhsinah
Between Love and Happiness


Inspiration: Love and happiness, obviously.
Origin: United Kingdom 🇬🇧
Kindred sounds: Mndsgn

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JZAC
Rain Check


Inspiration: A friend who struggled and lost his battle with cancer.
Origin: United States 🇺🇸
Kindred sounds: J. Cole

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SABRE
Peace and Love


Inspiration: “When I’m on the road or creating, I have to find peace as an artist within myself because things change on a dime and relationships are on the line. Sometimes, I fall short cause I’m human, but all I need is peace and love by the end and I’m happy.”
Origin: Canada 🇨🇦
Kindred sounds: Lyves

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früit
Prism


Inspiration: Berlin
Origin: United Kingdom 🇬🇧
Kindred sounds: Teebs

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GRAMN.
Write It Down


Inspiration: A message for artists and celebrities who have shown support on social media for politicians who are intensifying the marginalisation and oppression of people of colour – “we love you, we’re grateful for your art, but if you gotta think this s**t, please do us a favour – don’t write it down.”
Origin: United Kingdom 🇬🇧
Kindred sounds: Jan Jelinek

Listen to the full playlist on Apple Music.

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