Best of DIY Music: 2019

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.

re:tract – Immutable

Released November 22, 2019

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. Listen via Youtube and Spotify.

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.

Steven Bamidele – Lighting Fires

Released May 10, 2019

A song that sounds like it could be a modern classic or retro gold, Steven’s soulful tone is bone-chilling good. Listen via Soundcloud and Spotify.

Stray Fossa- Eyez

Released July 1, 2019

Lush harmonization and an anthemic melody bring this lo-fi track full circle. Listen via Soundcloud, Youtube, and Spotify.

Superego – Loose

Released February 25, 2019

If you’re holding onto the 90s, this shoegaze/grunge hybrid is for you. Listen via Soundcloud.

Tash Angela- Lost In Nostalgia

Released October 30, 2019

A sweet, soulful reminiscence. Listen via Youtube and Spotify.

Teal Moss – Lewis

Released April 12, 2019

Exquisite folk pop that will leave you feeling some kind of way. Listen via Soundcloud, Spotify, and Bandcamp.

Tilla – Slow

Released March 8, 2019

A sultry anthem that has definitely been on repeat since its release. Listen via Soundcloud.

Von Marlon – Nordhafen

Released November 1, 2019

Captivating trip-hop with the sultriest pair of vocals. Listen via Soundcloud and Spotify.

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.

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