An Of Montreal band member bear-masked in a red suit dancing to Om Shankar

LOVE
This track is downright gorgeous. The edges of each line are perfectly emotional, strained, filled with a near desperation that touches the soul.

WHO & WHERE
Om Shankar is a singer-songwriter from Houston, Texas.

CRED
It seems to have been a few years since he’s released music, and this is his (excellent) solo debut, so this is ground floor listening. In fact, he put the track on Soundcloud for me:)

Florescent animated DJs spinning and dancing to Coops (@CoopsOfficial)

LOVE
Rhymes flow from Coops with such incredible ease. This is a fully formed rapper just getting started on his way to seriously big things in hip hop.

WHO & WHERE
Coops, real name Jordan Cooper, is a 23 year old rapper from London, England.

CRED
His mixtape debut in 2011 was both anticipated and loved by hip hop heads. In 2014 he dropped Lost Soul to equal acclaim. New album, God Complex, drops in June. 

Two kids salsa dancing in the street to WILDES (@wildesmusic)

LOVE
Exquisite. Every moment of this track exudes a perfect dose of tension and vulnerability. Just beautiful.

WHO & WHERE
WILDES, real name Ella Walker, in London, England.

CRED
Ella dropped her first single, Bare, three months ago to 800k+ Spotify listens and 100k+ on Soundcloud. Give that one a listen as well, and expect more magic from her soon.

Street dancers slow-vibing to The Hour

LOVE
Stop what you’re doing. Listen to this incredible, soulful, bluesy, delicious f*cking track. Wow. This (unknown) new act is the most exciting I’ve heard in over a year.

WHO & WHERE
The Hours is a UK act that’s only given fans & press a phone number to text. That’s it. Oh, and two amazing songs.

CRED
Their first release 3 months ago is FIRE. Watch this video immediately. You're in on the ground level of what I think will be a HUGE run on the pop/alt-R&B scene.

Gretchen (Indiana Mole Woman) dancing to Jake Herring (@JayHerringMusic)

LOVE
A strong driving thump marches this song along underneath phenomenal vocals from both Jake and Bela Pierce in the background.

WHO & WHERE
Jake Herring is a singer songwriter from Tampa, Florida. Bela Pierce also appears to be from Florida.

CRED
Jake just released his Little Mess EP, which is well worth a listen and still flying well under the radar.

Berti from Mainzelmännchen dancing to Aire Atlantica (@aireatlantica)

LOVE
I’m head over heels in love with this track. 75 seconds in it rises to the level of absolute perfection. Juicy, delicious, perfect beats laced with little eargasm treats throughout.

WHO & WHERE
Aire Atlantica is a producer out of New York City.

CRED
He’s made some banger remixes and originals that racked up 250k+ listens, but it feels like his recent stuff is a new (insanely awesome) direction for his music.

Janet Jackson (@JanetJackson) dancing to Matt Gresham (@mattgreshamm)

LOVE
Beautiful vocals, killer pop + R&B vibes from this new artist. The chill, oozy, soulful bits are particularly spectacular.

WHO & WHERE
Matt Gresham is a singer songwriter from Western Australia.

CRED
Matt dropped out of 2013's The X Factor Australia due to artistic restraints (haha, awesome), his excellent recent single Small Voices did 450k+ Spotify listens.

Arthur Hong in a Pink Bandana dancing to BUNT & Sons of the East (@wearebunt)

LOVE
The electro-folk spirit is strong with this German duo. Now that Avcii’s retired, there’s a huge gap in the folk house market and these dudes wear big shoes to that party.

WHO & WHERE
BUNT. is two students, Levi & Nico, from Stuttgart, Germany.

CRED
With a bunch of remixes and originals under their belt, these guys have amassed millions of listens across platforms.

Toca Boca (@tocaboca) characters happy-dancing to Justefan (@iamjustefan)

LOVE
For a debut single this track has some serious vibes. Pop reggae at its finest, and the dude sang, played vibraphone, and produced this all himself.

WHO & WHERE
Justefan (Justin Thomas) is a vibraphonist, singer/songwriter and producer living in Los Angeles.

CRED
It appears Justefan is just getting started this month, with this single, which sits around 5k listens at this writing. Excited to hear more.

Barstool Sports’ El Pres (@stoolpresidente) & friends at SxSW dancing to Jerry Folk (@JerryFolk)

LOVE
This feels like an up-and-coming producer straight up flexing his muscles. The track has multiple distinct moods that all fit together perfectly.

WHO & WHERE
Jerry Folk (real name Gerard Folkestad Taylor) is a 20 year old producer from Oslo, Norway, now living in Los Angeles.

CRED
Folk's had a monstrous year, with remixes, originals and performances all building huge buzz around his distinct, soulful style. Check out To My Soul (1.6M listens) as well. 

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’s Mimi Kanasis dancing to Zoë Wick (@ZoeWick) & Warholla (@warhollamusic)

LOVE
Let’s start with how f*cking sexy this song is. Then add the fact that these two met at SxSW in Austin, TX and one of them used to be a physician.

WHO & WHERE
Zoë Wick is a singer/songwriter from Seattle, WA. Warholla is a physician turned producer from San Antonion, TX. They’re now in Los Angeles.

CRED
Zoë has vocal features here and there, but both of these artists are still under the radar. Very excited for their upcoming collaborative EP, later this year.

A kid with a sax and his backup dancers dancing to Palmistry (@Palmistrybeats)

LOVE
Genius. Strip away everything but the simple elements that make a song “dancehall” and lay down some gorgeous vocals. Instant hit that everyone will undoubtedly remix.

WHO & WHERE
Palmistry is a vocalist & producer from London, England.

CRED
This is his 2nd single, following Club Aso (highly recommended, 20k listens), from his upcoming debut album. His 2014/2015 singles blew up to 500k+ listens. 

Biz Markie (@BizMarkie) & his friend dancing to Ten Fé (@tenfemusic)

LOVE
It’s raining in SF right now and this song just sort of fits right in, a melancholy 80’s-ish rock love song that sounds both familiar and new at the same time.

WHO & WHERE
Ten Fé is a four-piece band based in London, England.

CRED
The band has dropped three singles in the past year, all of which have done 100k+ listens, with this track crossing 600k.

2 guys on a cliff dancing to Munchie Squad (@munchiesquad)

LOVE
These guys intermix a folk/acoustic vibe with a house/drum & bass vibe perfectly on this track. Super cool, unique sound.

WHO & WHERE
Munchie Squad is a producer group from Vienna, Austria.

CRED
These guys are well below the radar, and this is their first original release. It’s coming up on 10k listens. If you like it share it!

The Dude Perfect Panda (@DudePerfect) dancing to Jenaux (@JenauxMusic)

LOVE
This is just a savage dance track. Reminds me of Pretty Lights with more brassy, soulful vibes but all in all this thing just gets a huge groove going.

WHO & WHERE
Jenaux is a producer from New York City.

CRED
Jenaux’s made quite a name for himself with remixes, but this is his first original in over a year, already tracking 250k+ listens on Soundcloud and Spotify.

Chloe Lukasiak (@chloelukasiak) from Dance Moms dancing to Patrick James (@patrickjamesmus)

LOVE
Today we slow it down and enjoy a phenomenal singer-songwriter who’s voice is one you’ll hear the first time and always recognize moving forward.

WHO & WHERE
Patrick James is a singer songwriter from Sydney, Australia.

CRED
James is blowing up in Australia/New Zealand, with lots of support from Triple J & supporting tour dates for local faves Boy & Bear and Vance Joy.

DWTS’s Jodie Sweetin (@JodieSweetin) dancing to Dani Rosenoer (@danirosenoer)

LOVE
Pay attention to the violin here, as the tune is a beatiful and unique collab between songwriter and violinist.

WHO & WHERE
Dani Rosenoer is a songwriter from Toronto, Canada. Dr. Drew is a composer and violinist from Toronto, Canada.

CRED
Dani's still pretty under the radar. He's featured on this solid tropical house track with 70k listens, AL'sic & Sam Cross' We Are Alive.