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


Tamara Bubble
Forgot Your Name

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


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


love funk

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



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


New Face

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


NY Teez
Outer Space

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


Moon Panda
On The Attack

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


Hermitude featuring Buddy & BJ The Chicago Kid

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


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


girl in red
bad idea!

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


The Hottest

Origin: France 🇫🇷
Kindred sounds: Moonchild


Jamila & The Other Heroes
Abu Dub

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


All is Well

Inspiration: Positivity exists.
Origin: United Kingdom 🇬🇧


All Because Of Her

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


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


Kevin Holliday
Let Me Go

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


Laya & Zuma

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


Blush FM

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


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 based on my experience as a disaster responder in the 2015 Nepal Earthquake, as well as my time on various hurricane response projects in the US. “- VVN
Origin: United States 🇺🇸
Kindred sounds: Nico


Social Anxiety

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


Execrated Woods

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


Days Now

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


LaFrancis Vibes
Chemical Lovin’

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


Bora Bora

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


Levitation Room

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


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


Pat App
No Hobby

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



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


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



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



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


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


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


Calcou featuring Bastien

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


Asta Hiroki featuring Muhsinah
Between Love and Happiness

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


Rain Check

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


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



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


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

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