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Undiscovered is a weekly playlist sharing our pick of the best new music from the world's most exciting emerging musicians. You heard it here first.
"Different" by Dexter
Creator of the brilliantly-named song “I Do Love a Good Sandwich” and featured on BBC Radio 1’s Introducing strand, dexter is all set for a big year, and the gentle new track “Different” is the start.
"Garden" by Emily Nash
Aged just 20, Emily Nash has already built up an impressive reputation as a producer making mixes for the likes of Little Mix, and “Garden” is the first look at her own sound for 2022: a synthy and melodic jam precision-made for the club.
"The Internet" by Violet Skies
Looking up your ex’s social media: a bad thing, yes? A very irresponsible idea, yes? Not so fast. Singer-songwriter Violet Skies’ new track “The Internet” is here to put the opposite case forward. On the track, she says: "It's a complicated mix of curiosity, caring and a little comparison too. We all check on our exes (you're lying if you don't my darlings!!), and I wanted to write about this in a way that explained that heady combination of all these feelings and internet weirdness”.
"Mercy" by Viji
London based singer Viji has dropped her new track “Mercy” ahead of her new EP in March, imagining an apocalyptic situation where the singer refuses to give out forgiveness. Viji says, “I was writing it as if you’re sitting there laughing at the world ending. People want atonement, but you’re not going to give it to them. You’re just having a great time like, ‘I’m not here to give you that’.” Harsh, but fair.
"Say It" by Newdad
Pop band NewDad have released “Say It”, a drop from their forthcoming EP in February, all about unexpressed emotion and frustration. They say, “‘Say It’ is about unrequited love, about when someone is with you but not really, it’s supposed to capture that frustration you feel when you’re giving someone your all and they’re giving you nothing in return.”
"Fragile" by Sophia
Taking inspiration from confessional songwriters, Sophia has released a full EP of new songs titled “Fragile”, introducing listeners to a “real, vulnerable and emotional” new era for the artist by chronicling real events from her tumultuous last two years.
"Caterpillar" by Tara Nome Doyle
Norwegian-Irish artist Tara Nome Doyle is all set to drop her second album, and “Caterpillar” is a new taste of what she has in store. On the track, Doyle says, “Sometimes it seems to me as if my depression is actively trying to lull me into a false sense of comfort in times of perceived hopelessness. I wanted to explore my relationship with this state that is at once harrowing and oddly tempting, so I wrote 'Caterpillar' from the perspective of personified depression."
"Gotta Go Fast" by Blue Lab Beats
Blue Lab Beats, a jazztronica duo, join forces with London trumpeter Poppy Davies for their new track “Gotta Go Fast”, an energetic tune that I’m told has absolutely nothing to do with Sonic the Hedgehog despite stealing his catchphrase.
"Bones" by Mogli
“BONES” is the fourth instalment in Mogli’s cinematic new album – a gentle indie-folk track which takes listeners on a journey carved out from her own difficult experiences. On the track, Mogli has said: Every line in “Bones” can be read as benevolent or cynical from the pain because I couldn’t distinguish anymore.”