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Best of DIY Music: November 2019

This month’s showcase of independent music exhibits a healthy amount of soulful sultry jazz and r&b, but there’s also something for the goths, post-punks, psych lovers, metal heads, and noise rockers. Songs are grouped by country so you can browse tracks by region. Now’s better than later, so dive right in.


Niki Moss
Standing In The Dark III

Portugal πŸ‡΅πŸ‡Ή

Kindred sounds: MGMT

Lo-fi psych pop transcending from the airwaves of Portugal, Standing in the Dark III is equally as serene as it is mysterious.
Released November 15, 2019 by Street Mission Records.

Voodoo Beach

Germany πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ

Kindred sounds: Goat

Heavy psych-rock sung in German about existentialism and anxiety by fiery femmes. From the debut album Ozean, Angst transports listeners back to the ’70s, and you’ll definitely feel much cooler about yourself after listening.
Released November 29, 2019 from SpΓ€ti Palace.

Port Juvee
Hope to Lose

Canada πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦

Kindred Sounds: Beach Fossils

Bedroom post-rockers Port Juvee unleash Hope To Lose into the wild from their upcoming album MOTION CONTROL (out February 2020).
Released November 1, 2019 by Garment District Records


Canada πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦

Kindred sounds: SABA

Spoken from the perspective of a high school student, 80purppp‘s Unstable is soul poetry that we can all relate to in harder times. Backed by a sexy beat, it’s one that is bound to be on repeat.
Released November 1, 2019 by Amuse

Aunty Social
Crack A Deal

Canada πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦

Kindred sounds: Lianne Li Havas

Delicate vocals frame this neo-soul pop track by Aunty Social. She explains her inspiration below:

This song is a prayer to the 9 to 5 gods begging them to give me a break. All my circumstances prepared me for a conventional life except the actual desire. I worked a 9 to 5 office job getting good pay, did two years of college and did pretty well with only 1 year left to graduate, but instead, I dropped out and worked only to fund my music. It was hard balancing a job I hated just to fund my dream job. This song is how I expressed the conflicting thoughts that came along with it.”

Released November 8, 2019 by Nettwerk Music Group

Pat Lok

Canada πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦

Kindred sounds: Pomo

Uplifting + underground electro house-pop that belongs in a Vegas club.
Released November 6, 2019 by KitsunΓ© Musique

Busy & the Bass & Amber Navran

United States πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

Kindred sounds: D’angelo

Sultry, slow r&b music that will leave you feeling like you’re in the clouds.
Released November 8, 2019 by Indica Records.

First Cup

United States πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

Kindred Sounds: Tom Misch

Smooth jazz and soft beats from jerk‘s debut album Pressing On. Classical influences crawl through this slow number, but it still feels like modern hip hop beats.
Released November 8, 2019 from Deep Matter.

Carry Water

United States πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

Kindred sounds: Mndsgn

Instrumental hip-hop vibes from the Juliard trained musician Will Lowry aka pantology.

Within the brief arc of the project, themes of failure, escapism and fantasy are entertained before this instrumental – which is largely about putting in the drudgery necessary to get yourself out of a slump and in the right direction. 

Released November 20, 2019.

Grandma & Rico Nasty
Stomp and Grind

United States πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

Kindred sounds: Homeshake

Who doesn’t love a good LA strip club video? Rico Nasty collaborates with music producer Grandma (pictured left) in Stomp and Grind, a track that will leave you questioning true reality.
Released November 5, 2019 from Gold Atlas.

Coy Voyeurs

United States πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

Kindred sounds: The War on Drugs

Coy Voyeurs is a hazy rock ballad by the LA-based musician Jaiq Styne, also known as CONTENT. Now residing in Echo Park, his sound draws in memories of a late afternoon on the beach, fashion districts of the West Coast, and -strangely-arena rock.
Released November 18, 2019.

Oh He Dead
Show Me Love.

United States πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

Kindred sounds: Warren Xclnce

True DIY comes alive in the music video for Show Me Love by Oh He Dead, which was made by friends and so much love. The track is uplifting, chill, and perfect for the holiday season.
Released November 21, 2019.

Bathe Alone
Tarot Cards

United States πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

Kindred sounds: Warren Xclnce

Bathe Alone, the dreampop solo project of multi-instrumentalist Bailey Crone, “aims to create songs you can lay on the floor and stare at the ceiling to”. Fortunately, I’ve done just that and can report back that it was good. Take a listen for some slow, deep shoegaze.

Released independently on November 8, 2019.

bad tuner

United States πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

Kindred sounds: Yaeji

Acoustic theorist Jozef Sergei Dimitrov aka bad tuner shares nonyet, a house track with Slavic poetry intertwined with a driving bassline. Drawing from his own Slavic roots, his tune is a fantastic mix of noise experimentation and electronic music.
Released November 6, 2019 from KitsunΓ© Musique.

n8vboy & Font Leroy
Boston Commons

United States πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

Kindred sounds: The Antlers

Boston Commons is the culmination of friends collaborating successfully and finding that perfect balance between beat heavy and centered vocals.
Released November 10, 2019.

Lot Lizard

United States πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

Kindred sounds: Corners, Eagulls

It’s easy to discern the quality behind this dark post-punk track. Having spent time playing small Midwestern stages and growing up with the same influences, Lot Lizard came to formation in 2017, and we’re lucky for it.
Released November 11, 2019.


United States πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

Kindred sounds: Neon Indian

Bouncy beats and visions of neon clubs accompany this track, but you won’t want to sit down if you turn it on.
Released November 15, 2019 from MANIMAL.

Lazy Tiger
Along the Lines

United States πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

Kindred sounds: Flume

There was a time when ambient electro wasn’t overrun by festivals, and you could chill out to perfect repetition. Lazy Tiger brings it back with Along the Lines.
Released November 22, 2019.

Jonny Faith & Lady K
Stay in Your Lane

United States πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ
Australia πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί

Kindred sounds: Erykah Badu

Australian beatmaker Jonny Faith and American MC Lady K put together the sultry soulful track Stay In Your Lane.
Released November 7, 2019 through Tru Thoughts.

Masego & Please Wait
Flight 99

Australia πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί

Kindred sounds: Warren Xclnce

Please Wait (comprised of revolutionary producers Ta-Ku & Matt McWaters) came together after years of sharing voice memos, stems, musical ideas & TikTok links. What resulted was the sultriest self expression to date, and it’s always a treat to hear the revered vocalist Masego. Take a listen, especially if it’s been a long day.
Released November 15, 2019 from 823.

I Don’t Wanna Be

Australia πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί

Kindred sounds: Anderson .Paak

Smoov r&b by quick and qitty lyricist MissGenius will leave you in a state of ecstasy. A self-described deadly hip-hop MC, she addresses the “internal turmoil many feel around normative societal expectation”.
Released November 21, 2019.

Weeping Veins

Australia πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί

Kindred sounds: Parkway Drive, Unearth

Brutality comes with full force in Weeping Veins, but the message behind it has a deeper connection than you may think. Take a listen when you’re ready for something intense.

[Weeping Veins] examines body dysmorphia as fuelled by the influence of modern media and aggressive marketing techniques.


Released November 5, 2019.

Beau Diako & Jordan Rakei

United Kingdom πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§

Kindred sounds: Tom Misch

Acclaimed neo-soul vocalist Jordan Rakei‘s signature + delicate vibrato comes through in Flamingo, the latest from the collaboration with musician Beau Diako.
Released November 8, 2019.

Von Marlon

United Kingdom πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§

Kindred sounds: Archy Marshall

Imagine deep, dark electro with the sultriest vocals pulsating throughout your nearest airwaves. Von Marlon‘s unearthly forte in producing a quality ambience may have been best presented in Nordhafen, but I’m certain their music gets better and better. Written on the road in Berlin, inspired in London, and now it’s here for you to enjoy.
Released November 1, 2019.


United Kingdom πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§

Kindred sounds: Warren Xclnce

Deep r&b from Singapore born, Fiji raised, London based artist JVSMINE indulges us with relationship woes in Lonely.
Released November 22, 2019.


United Kingdom πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§

Kindred sounds: Bonobo

Calming beats and fluttering vocals compound into a deeply lustful trip-hop arrangement by multi-instrumentalist Matt Gill aka re:tract, featuring sampled vocals from Martha Phillips of The Elephant Trees. Originally starting out as a purely acoustic composition, Matt found himself wanting to rework this in his ambient style. Either way, Immutable has become one of my favorites from this year.
Released November 22, 2019.

Ash Shakur
Horror Flicks

United Kingdom πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§

Kindred sounds: Noname

A summarization of all major horror films- from decent to not so decent- in the form of quick, soulful hip-hop. Ash‘s style and lyrics are an instant charm.
Released November 1, 2019.

Yasuyuki Uesugi

Japan πŸ‡―πŸ‡΅

Kindred sounds: Warren Xclnce

Ambient ASMR that sounds a lot like a rhythmic train, Distillation engages all senses and brings a new voice to the noise genre.
Released November 22, 2019.


New Zealand πŸ‡³πŸ‡Ώ

Cited inspiration: James Blake 

The critically acclaimed spooky pop track Monster from BENEE‘s debut EP STELLA & STEVE .

β€œI have what’s called my BENEEvision. It’s the idea that all of my music, visuals and content contribute to a greater artwork. Right now, I have a blank canvas. I want to pick different mediums, smash them all together through music and physical art, and collaborate with as many different creatives as possible. I use the example of a Jackson Pollock painting.”


Released November 1, 2019.

Arjuna Oakes
Old School Heart

New Zealand πŸ‡³πŸ‡Ώ

Kindred sounds: Warren Xclnce

Candlelit soul musician Arjuna Oakes exhibits pipes and talent beyond his years with Old School Heart. Robust with well-timed melodies and influenced by classic jazz, this tune can do no wrong.
Released November 28, 2019.

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