We received over 4,000 songs from underground, unsigned, and independent artists for our Discovering DIY monthly series this year.
A few dozen submissions were critiqued and shared for your listening pleasure each month, and now, we’ve narrowed it down further to bring you the best of the best. Listen to the just-over-an-hour-long playlist on Apple Music, or browse below for other streaming options.
Aaron Joseph Russo – So Tired
Released June 11, 2019
Soulful bedroom pop from an authentic sad boi. Listen via Soundcloud.
Bells Atlas – The Khamsa
Released March 29, 2019
Immersive psych r&b- the fusion you never knew you needed until now. Listen via Soundcloud.
Donzii – Sand
Released October 24, 2019
Cold nu-wave with thoughts on mortality and love. Listen via Soundcloud.
Hernandez – Magical Sad News
Released May 16, 2019
Charming vocals and patterned synth come together to create this blissful dream. Listen via Soundcloud.
Kevin Holliday – Hot and Fun
Released July 29, 2019
Kevin Holliday creates constantly, always outdoing himself. Here’s our favorite from his impressive collection of releases this year. Listen via Soundcloud.
Lauren Faith – Jheeze
Released August 7, 2019
Between Lauren‘s playful mezzo soprano and Kaytranada‘s superb production, Jheeze makes the list for pre-pre-party cuts. Listen via Youtube.
Sabre – Peace and Love
Released September 27, 2019
Atmospheric and sensual, Sabre blurs the lines between R&B, hip-hop, and jazz. Listen via Soundcloud.
Superego – Loose
Released February 25, 2019
If you’re holding onto the 90s, this shoegaze/grunge hybrid is for you. Listen via Soundcloud.
Tilla – Slow
Released March 8, 2019
A sultry anthem that has definitely been on repeat since its release. Listen via Soundcloud.
Please Wait – Flight 99
Released November 15, 2019
Please Wait (Ta-Ku & Matt McWaters) is a collaboration after years of sharing voice memos, stems, musical ideas & TikTok links. Listen to hear the culmination of modern communication featuring revered vocalist Masego. Listen via Soundcloud.
Qoopr – Holo
Released February 22, 2019
Deep synthwave with a funky bassline. It would be a sin not to dance to this. Listen via Soundcloud.