Discovering DIY: October Music Releases

Handpicked and ready to go, here are the best tracks that emerged from the underground last month.


Alfie TemplemanUsed To Love

A stunning form of Euro neosoul by songwriter Alfie Templeman, Used To Love explores themes of mischief, youth, romance, and self-awareness.
Origin: United Kingdom 🇬🇧
Kindred sounds: MGMT

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Steve Garvin – If I Could See You Now

Lo-fi folk with charming chords and tender vocals make this love song an instant favorite.
Origin: United States 🇺🇸
Kindred sounds: Cass McCombs

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Poppy Jean Crawford – Same Old Tricks

Born to a pair of artists, Los Angeles musician Poppy Jean Crawford recalls going to The Smell and her growing interest in writing music. “Soon enough, I dropped out of school. I thought ‘fuck it’, I know what I’m supposed to do.” She has been playing gigs since and was recently signed to Danger Mouse‘s 30th Century Records, but more importantly: this song really rules.
Origin: United States 🇺🇸
Kindred sounds: Cherry Glazerr

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Margaux – Palm

Palm tells the story of love for a friend transitioning into romantic feelings. The song is a slow burner, starting with a familiar sweetness, however, Palm coalesces into brooding psychedelic pop. Margaux‘s debut EP is out November 15 on Massif Records, and she will be supporting her album release with live performances in New York City this year. Follow Margaux on Twitter.
Origin: United States 🇺🇸
Kindred sounds: Julia Jacklin

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Inheaps – Hold On (To Me)

The sultry never fades in Hold On. You’d be surprised to find out the producer was inspired by awkward love on the beach. At least we all know what we’ll be listening to next summer.
Origin: United States
🇺🇸Kindred sounds: Zero 7

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Akkohda – Descending

Glorious post-rock collides with intoxicating slow jams in Descending. The talent behind Akkohda cites iamamiwhoami as his inspiration. After the 2:00 mark, you’ll never know what hit you.
Origin: United States 🇺🇸
Kindred Sounds: Explosions in the Sky

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Martian Subculture – Lonely and Free

Fans of Ariel Pink‘s melodrama and the weirdness of psychelic music will adore this slow burner by Martian Subculture. Martin explains the track as an “inner battle of balancing free time with needing other people to make doing things feel valid and meaningful.” Light up a joint, sit on that, think about it, and play this very loud.
Origin: United States 🇺🇸
Kindred sounds: Connan Mockasin

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Kloxii – Can’t Stop Thinking

During the process of Can’t Stop Thinking, KLOXXII lead her mind to a meditative state. “They are just thoughts. Just let it pass.” In this process, she found self-acceptance. Deeply influenced by experimental pop and trip-hop, Can’t Stop Thinking grooves as a dreamy sci-fi soundtrack.
Origin: United States 🇺🇸
Kindred sounds: telepopmusik

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Lacing – 92

Catharsis comes, but only after every bit of darkness has been explored and exorcised.”

Tennessee-based hazegaze Lacing erupt with their first single from upcoming album, Without.

92 is a reflection of growing up with anxiety, substance abuse in the family, and all the traumas that come from the former. This track’s a beautiful one, but there’s always darkness in beauty.
Origin: United States 🇺🇸
Kindred sounds: Turnover

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Nicolas Godin (of Air) – The Border

As serene as you would expect from an Air solo project, The Border is lush, layered, and sultry. It would be a mistake to pass on this one.
Origin: France 🇫🇷
Kindred sounds: Tycho

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Artst featuring sip skylark & Remmus – Sadist

Chaotic club-pop with a seriously good beat. The sass pours out of Sadist, but somehow, it’s still so damn catchy and danceable.
Origin: United States 🇺🇸
Kindred sounds: Disclosure

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Night Tongue– The Trees

Halloween is gone, but the witch in you does not have to be. Check out this track while summoning something, or close your eyes and let the sound wash over you. Either way, it’s going to feel goth as fuck.
Origin: United States 🇺🇸
Kindred sounds: Zola Jesus

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Diamond ThugThe Woods

Chantel of Diamond Thug explains The Woods best as “being lost in a dense forest of emotional isolation, while on a walk through the wilderness.” Written in London and recorded across continents, The Woods glides through dream-pop, electronica, and psychedelic-rock.
Origin: South Africa 🇿🇦
Kindred sounds: Alpine

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KidMack – RapStar

RapStar strictly exists to blast while driving anywhere at night.
Origin: United States 🇺🇸
Kindred Sounds: T-Pain

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Akello G Light – Keys To Both Doors

Smooth, sexy, and ever-flowing with positivity, Keys To Both Doors will leave you both enlightened and flustered.
Origin: United States 🇺🇸
Kindred sounds: N*E*R*D

Akello G Light – Let Your Soul Unfold

Akello explains his creative process: “Potent incenses and euphoric type natural herbs helped created this song. The more a person commits to doing intense spiritual practices, things begin to happen in their favor. The verse is basically how a normal day would look for me.”
Origin: United States 🇺🇸
Kindred sounds: Warren Xclnce

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ARCHE – Back To The Sun

ARCHE’s antics grace our presence again with the single Back To The Sun. Watch the music video all the way until the end (the surprise will be worth it).
Origin: France 🇫🇷
Kindred sounds: Miami Horror

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Donzii – Sand

Modern darkwave served cold with thoughts on mortality and love, Sand is an immediate classic and difficult to discern its time period.
Origin: United States 🇺🇸
Kindred sounds: Siouxsie & the Banshees

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Will Samson – Flowerbed

Flowerbed is the culmination of a psilocybin journey, grief, surrender, and bliss. Will Samson recalls, “For a long time I had felt as though I had been having to swim hard against the current. A gentle, albeit powerful experience with psilocybin felt like a profound reminder to internally surrender to the flow of life.”
Origin: United Kingdom 🇬🇧
Kindred sounds: Local Natives

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Johan S – Call Me

Classic house beats with looping vocals, Call Me is sure to reel you in.
Origin: Sweden 🇸🇪
Kindred sounds: SBTRKT

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MNEEMO – The One

There’s something really Chester Bennington about these vocals, but all in all, The One makes for a great spooky dance track.
Origin: United Kingdom 🇬🇧
Kindred sounds: Linkin Park x Jay Z

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Nick ProsperLips Like Lemonade

Intoxicatingly good vocals meets modern emo in Lips Like Lemonade, a track confessing the pain that comes from love.
Origin: United States 🇺🇸
Kindred sounds: From Indian Lakes

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ClemensAndCo – Paranoid

90s inspired r&b that influences a solid groove. It’s short, sweet, and will leave you wanting more from ClemensAndCo.
Origin: United States 🇺🇸
Kindred sounds: Neo

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HARRiETT featuring Thandi Ntuli- Alive

Soulful hip-hop full of gratitude, harmonious vocals, and a slick beat, Alive is begging to be left on repeat.
Origin: United States 🇺🇸
Kindred sounds: THEESatisfaction

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daste. – What If?

What if? expresses the idea of nostalgia and the thought of what could have been if friendships had not ended and relationships not failed. It’s a personal thought process that I believe many experiences and can understand, but it’s important to keep on moving forward with zero regrets.”
Origin: Australia 🇦🇺
Kindred sounds: LEISURE

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Tasha AngelaLost in Nostalgia

A retro, uplifting music video tinged with the sweetness of Tasha’s vocals, Lost in Nostalgia is the latest from the Toronto native.
Origin: Canada 🇨🇦
Kindred sounds: Kali Uchis

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Emiji – The Journey

Glitchy chillstep that drops midway into a wall of deep house.
Origin: Ireland 🇮🇪
Kindred sounds: Leon Vynehall

Listen to the full playlist on Apple Music.

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