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.
Steven Bamidele – Little By Little By Little
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 Cart – I 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.
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.
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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.