Empire Records’ Lucas & AJ dancing to Nadia Nair (@xnadianairx)

LOVE
Nadia’s a really interesting artist that’s experimenting with all kinds of sounds, but this track is just a beast of an effort. Powerful vocals, relentless beats will get you off your seat.

WHO & WHERE
Nadia Nair is an eccentric songbird from Gothenburg/Stockholm, Sweden.

CRED
Minimalistic Something Something Something appears to (deservingly) be her breakout track, with 120k listens on Spotify. Check out her amazing new EP, Beautiful Poetry.

Zootopia’s Gazelle & Tigers dancing to AJ Smith (@ajsmithmusic)

LOVE
This song has everything. Killer vocals/lyrics, punchy beats and guitar work. A perfect pop song. His entire EP, Brooklyn Nights, is amazing.

WHO & WHERE
AJ Smith is a singer-songwriter in New York.

CRED
AJ is the 1st grad of NYU’s Songwriting Masters Program & the Songwriters Hall of Fame Songwriting Scholar, where he studied under Eagle’s legend Glenn Frey.

Trevor Noah (@Trevornoah) & Danielle Brooks (@thedanieb) dancing to FRENSHIP (@wearefrenship) & Emily Warren (@emilywarrennnn)

LOVE
Island-tinged summer vibes to power the upcoming warm weather. The boy/girl back and forth here is great.

WHO & WHERE
FRENSHIP is James Sunderland and Brett Hite from Los Angeles, California. Emily Warren is an New York-born singer-songwriter.

CRED
Their collab with Matoma, called Knives, cranked out 2M+ listens and built quite a following for the duo. This track has already done 1M listens.

A rabbit pole dancing to Joël (@itsjoelmusic)

LOVE
This is a savage single from a seriously talented songwriter hiding up in Toronto. All four tracks from him are phenomenal, gritty, soul-filled magic.

WHO & WHERE
Joël is a 23 year old R&B/soul singer songwriter in Toronto, Canada.

CRED
Joël is the most talented while simultaneously unknown artist I've come across in at least a year. Seriously, check out all four of his singles immediately.

The Notebook’s Noah & Allie slow dancing to Flora Cash (@flora_cash)

LOVE
These two lovebirds make absolutely stunning music. Male + female duet vocals often don’t work well, but this is literally a match made in heaven.

WHO & WHERE
Flora Cash is Shpresa Ljeshaj (from Stockholm, Sweden) & Cole Randall (from Minneapolis, MN) who met and fell in love on Soundcloud (yep, really).

CRED
A strong Youtube (19k subs) and Spotify (500k+ listens) following is propelling these guys into the limelight. I highly recommend all their music. Start with this mini-LP.

American Dad’s Dancer of Death dancing to Ed Whicher (@whichermusic)

LOVE
Vocals on this track are flat out gorgeous. Reminds me a bit of the first time I heard Jason Mraz play acoustic.

WHO & WHERE
Ed Whicher is a 28-year old songwriter from South East England.

CRED
Ed falls into the “criminally unknown” category, which I don't say often. All his tracks are really great; I dig Forgive You  in particular.

Empire’s Becky Williams (@gabbysidibe) dancing to Jesiah (@djsiah)

LOVE
This is a special song, one that makes you want to see it performed live, one that carves out space for an artist to cement himself into the hearts and lives of fans.

WHO & WHERE
Jesiah is a Los Angeles-based songwriter and producer.

CRED
Three songs so far, and all cruising past 50k listens between Spotify and Soundcloud. Listen to Walls & Summer Breeze as well. Expect big things from this guy.

Fluorescent animated lady dancing to Ronjo V (@RonjoVMusic)

LOVE
This is one of those alt/folk rock songs that does every single thing right. A bit haunting, a bit atmospheric, smalls doses of razor sharp guitar cuts. So good.

WHO & WHERE
Ronjo V is duo Ryan Joseph and Keith Morgan, from Austin, Texas.

CRED
Their first 3 singles built a growing following on SC, Spotify and Youtube, with this song doing 30k+ views on Youtube. Still pretty unknown at this point.

30 Rock’s Liz Lemon stealing cash & dancing to SŸDE & Ashe

LOVE
I really love the calm pace this track takes, walking along the line of an almost-acoustic performance by Ashe and beautiful tropical chill house from SŸDE.

WHO & WHERE
SŸDE is a producer duo (Will & Mitch) from Melbourne, Australia. Ashe is a vocalist from Nashville, Tennessee.

CRED
Just two tunes from this duo so far, but more then 250k listens among them. Also check out Promises; excited to hear more from these guys.

Little kid up in the club dancing to GRMM (@GRMMofficial)

LOVE
GRMM’s command of tight percussion and boombastic synths is ready-made for the summer festival circuit; you can almost see the sea of bodies jumping in unison.

WHO & WHERE
GRMM is a producer from Sydney, Australia. Quinn XCII is a rapper/singer from Detroit, Michigan, previously featured on Musicgeeks.

CRED
 GRMM's debut in 2014 put him on the map and he's showing no signs of slowing down. Electrify crossed 1M listens on Spotify and is well worth a listen.

Apple CEO Tim Cook (@tim_cook) dancing to The Gifted (@thegifted_music)

LOVE
This perfect mix of airy vocals and glitchy beats makes this song irresistible, the kind you find yourself humming later without thinking about it.

WHO & WHERE
The Gifted is Louis Castle and James Bairian, who live in Los Angeles, California.

CRED
 This duo pays the bills with film, TV, and commerical projects, but started dropping killer originals recently. I also highly recommend listening to Are You Real.

Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) dancing to Nawas (@nawasxmusic)

LOVE
Hell of a fresh debut cut that mixes dark, deliberate production with androgynous vocals that wander from pop into rap and back again.

WHO & WHERE
NAWAS is a band from Nashville, TN fronted by Jake Nawas.

CRED
 60k listens on Soundcloud in its first week and widespread love from music bloggers has this group smack in the middle of the scene’s radar. 

Star Wars’ Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) dancing to Milo Tain (@milotain)

LOVE
Smoooooth like butter. Sweet like syrup. This track, for me, is strong evidence that this guy has that special edge you need to stand out in R&B right now.

WHO & WHERE
Milo Tain is a 21 year old RnB/Funk and Soul artist from Leeds, UK.

CRED
 His Soundcloud page is mostly covers with less than 5k listens, and he’s just started sharing original tracks. Definitely a little know artist at this point. 

A little kid pop-n-locking in pajamas to Eye Endless

LOVE
Super funky groove going on here, with a rock and roll topper. I really dig this song’s attitude.

WHO & WHERE
Eye Endless is the new project of Marcus Bowers, formerly of We Will Be Lions. It’s a collab with various accomplished San Francisco artists.

CRED
The crew here is a well-versed set of indie vets, from bands like Astronauts Etc. and Bells Atlas. The project itself is basically unknown at this point (ie you heard it here first).

Little kid at a Miami Heat game dancing to Left Boy (@leftboy)

LOVE
Great Kooks sample, and a flat out killer party song. Great song to start your weekend, and a talented artist mashing up electro, hip hop, and other influences.

WHO & WHERE
Left Boy, real name Ferdinand Sarnitz, is a rapper/singer/songwriter from Vienna, Austria.

CRED
This guy makes totally epic videos (for this song, 400k+ views) and has racked up millions of listens across Spotify and Soundcloud.  

Ginger Rogers in 1939’s Bachelor Mother dancing to Chelsea Jade (@chelseajade)

LOVE
If i threw my atoms at you as a kiss, would you still look at me with nothingness?” That's a hell of a lyric. Really love the soft electro vibes here, but especially her words.

WHO & WHERE
Chelsea Jade is a singer songwriter from Auckland, New Zealand.

CRED
She’s opened for Lorde (and draws comparisons), and this is her standout track with more than 300k listens between Soundcloud and Spotify. 

Toca Boca characters (@tocaboca) dancing to Freaks In Love

LOVE
I really dig how unique this tune is, sort of a genre-bending mix of folk ballad and electronic pop with hip hop vibes thrown in. Yummy. 

WHO & WHERE
Freaks In Love are husband and wife team Liberty Valentine & Random Stoddard who met on the theater circuit in Sydney, Australia, now in Los Angeles. 

CRED
Still totally under the radar, they released their Yee Yaa EP last week. They were featured on Feels Like it Should with GT & Wildfire last year to the tune of 4M+ Spotify listens.

Jimmy Fallon (@jimmyfallon) & Justin Timberlake (@jtimberlake) dancing to Bearson & Cal (@BearsonMusic)

LOVE
Another song I imagine blasting with the top down on the hot summer open road. Or this weekend in your apartment while you get ready to go out. Either or.

WHO & WHERE
Bearson is a producer from Oslo, Norway, now based in Los Angeles, CA. 

CRED
With deft remixes and stellar originals (peep Pink Medicine & Imposter), Bearson's built a huge following in the electronic scene with millions of listens across platforms.  

Ladies from a Sean Paul music video dancing to Private Island (@pvtilnd)

LOVE
Southern California indie rock dressed up with some retro funk attitude? Gotta love it. This is summer road trip music.

WHO & WHERE
Private Island is Christian Lum, Tommy Nickerson, Cameron Anderson, Michelle Guerrero, Tim Barbour and Roger Mawer, from Los Angeles, California.

CRED
In the last year these guys have amassed a strong cult following, hitting 200k+ listens on a few singles on both Spotify and Soundcloud.