When we reached 20,000 followers on Instagram, reactions varied from shocked, to honored, to ultimately, remarkably grateful that 20,000 likeminded humans truly care about our take on emerging artists and music. To give back to the artists, fans, and music industry professionals who contribute to our everyday success, we promised to attentively listen to every single song submission that we received in the 24 hours to follow. While there were a ton of impressive submissions, we ultimately handpicked 8 songs that stood out most.
Discover your next obsession in one of the 8 artists below, ranging from R&B to pop and alternative's hidden gems. Plus, feel free to submit to firstname.lastname@example.org any time for a chance to be featured on the blog!
Genre: Soothing, sensual R&B
While we were already under the impression that Toronto breeds the very best in R&B, Olive B further solidifies that notion as official fact. Dating back to August of 2017, it seems as though we've already had our eyes on this budding soul-soother.
Genre: Epitome of bedroom pop's appeal
When we come across artists who are simply unapologetically themselves, it's nearly impossible not to fall in love. If Austenyo's sincere (and sometimes comical) lyrics don't win you over, then his kitschy, clearly DIY video for "personova" certainly will.
LEANGenre: Funky indie goodness
Los Angeles duo LEAN formed only two years ago, but have since proved to be one of indie-pop's hidden gems with their debut full-length, Years. We'll definitely continue to keep an eye on LEAN's Kyle McCammon and Stephen Johnson.
Genre: Electronic ambient soul
Yoste is another artist who we've featured in the past for his striking sound that brings to mind greats like James Blake and Bon Iver. Thanks to this submission process, we were reminded of Yoste's lowkey brilliance with 2017′s stunning "Moon."
Genre: Emotional, pop-tinged R&B
Happen to be in the market for a solid breakup song? Or simply enjoy silky smooth R&B vocals? Then Carsen is the artist for you. A little birdy told us she'll have a new one out on Sept. 28 - keep an eye out!
Genre: Quality indie-rock
Jones Willingham of The Frequently submitted "Work" to us, claiming that his band is heavily influenced by The Districts and Hippo Campus – affirmative. Solid, guitar-heavy indie rock never goes out of style, and that's precisely why The Frequently landed on our list.