Best of DIY Music: January 2020

As with any new year, 2020 marks new goals and a change of standards. This series set the standard for creativity and authenticity, but my focus has shifted to a more definitively independent artist: one who writes, produces, and releases the work themselves. Creative freedom is rare in modern capitalism, but Discovering DIY will aim to keep the fire burning.

Below are the best independently released songs of the month.

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FritzwaFire Frills

contemporary Rhythm & blues

Fritzwa is an artist from the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Her upbeat genre-bending single Fire Frills proves she carries all the pipes and gives a confident nod to her West African heritage.
Released January 14, 2020. Listen via Soundcloud.

Yppah & Ali Coyle- Autumn Phase

MEDITATION CHILLWAVE

Natural textures meet ethereal electronic in Autumn Phase, Yppah‘s single from his upcoming full-length, Sunset In The Deep End.
Released January 15, 2020 via Future Archive. Listen via Soundcloud.

Jack PageSunrise

soulful jazz pop

A sweet and reflective love song from multi-instrumentalist Jack Page. Listen past 2:00 for a nice surprise.
Released January 16, 2020. Listen via Soundcloud.

Tia Carys Figure Me Out

self-proclaimed swaggy afro-fusion

High energy femme hip-hop from a “proud English x Ghana queen who’s certainly letting her identity be known”.
Released January 17, 2020. Listen via Soundcloud.

Steven BamideleLittle By Little By Little

reflective neosoul

Steven Bamidele is an incredible songwriter and performer whose vocals puts even the best songbirds to shame. He explains the inspiration behind this single best: “I wrote this song in a period of serious reflection. I realized I’d lived my whole life in pursuit of my own goals and interests and very little else. Little by little by Little is a letter of apology to my family and friends for living so selfishly.”
Released January 17, 2020. Listen via Soundcloud.

Broken Down Golf CartI Walk The Street

A FIERY NARRATIVE AND QUESTIONABLE COCKTAIL*

Broken Down Golf Cart is a composer and animator living in the UK. Her brilliant lyricism caught my attention in I Walk The Street, a vivid chronicle of the modern working life.

“It’s about being born into a world that’s already had standards in place.”
Released January 20, 2020. Listen via Soundcloud.

MolinaVenus

80S-INSPIRED shoegaze

Copenhagen-based producer Molina effectively combines dreampop and modern darkwave in Venus, a haunting masterpiece from the EP Vanilla Shell.
Released January 21, 2020. Watch the live session via Youtube.

FarrahBack To You

hollowed out beats and soft key melodies

Slow, sultry beats for a cold winter day.
Released January 23, 2020. Listen via Spotify.

Scalatrax, Ryler Smith, Niko Seibold – Circles

analog beats from switzerland

An impressive and intimate song looped only using samples of smashing glasses, eating carrots, and hitting books and other household items.
Released January 24, 2020. Listen via Youtube.

TreasureMore

lo-fi indie rock

More is a tender expression of reflection from UK artist Treasure. Jangly dream pop frames velvety vocals in the hopeful ballad. His upcoming album Suffocation & Air is expected to come later this year.
Released January 24, 2020. Listen via Soundcloud.

Lo Artiz – Kick Back

sassy + jazzy neo-soul

Based in Los Angeles, Lo Artiz is an artist influenced by Aretha Franklin, D’Angelo, Amy Winehouse, and Etta James-just to name a few. Kick Back is from her EP ‘Wild Woman‘, which was successfully crowdfunded through Kickstarter. Lo’s powerful voice paired with her storyteller lyrics is stunning, and you would be at a loss to miss.
Released January 24, 2020. Listen via Soundcloud.

Dr. Jessil – La Danza Del Fuego

try to sit still and listen to this (you can’t)

When I first heard this track, it reminded me of millennium era internet. As I slowly tuned in, I could discern the artistry and complexity Dr Jessil brings to South African club music. Turn it up loud, and stay until the end.
Released January 25, 2020. Listen via Soundcloud.

Jhyve – Rapture

classic yet contemporary soul

A confession of sins in the sultriest form from Toronto’s r&b hidden gem, Jhyve.
Released January 24, 2020. Listen via Soundcloud.

Career the Brain – Curren$y Talk 4/DNA

(EXPLICIT LYRICS)

BUMP THIS SHIT.

Sultry trap from Detroit, Michigan with a rolling beat, it’s hard to not leave this one on repeat.
Released January 31, 2020. Listen via Spotify.

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*How to make a Broken Down Golf Cart cocktail: Shake half an ounce of almond liquor, half an ounce of melon liquor, and a dash of lime juice with ice.