Music Discovery: August 2019

Hi, I’m Alex Ruder. I’ve been a Music Supervisor at PlayNetwork for nearly 6 years now, and outside of PlayNetwork I’m a DJ at KEXP and also run a small independent label called Hush Hush Records.

Women were responsible for some of the most exciting albums of 2018 and they’re continuing to crush it in 2019. Here’s a few singles from new and new-ish women artists I’ve had on repeat this year…



Artist: Long Beard

Track: Sweatheart

Twitter: @longbeardband

I’ve been hooked on this gorgeous slice of nostalgic, melancholic, melodic guitar-pop from New Jersey’s Long Beard (aka Leslie Bear) which is the lead single from her upcoming sophomore album Means To Me, due out September 13th on Double Double Whammy.


Artist: Clairo

Track: Bags

Twitter: @clairo

Two years since breaking through online thanks to some viral YouTube videos, and one year since her impressive label debut EP, Boston-based artist Claire Cottrill (aka Clairo) is dropping her debut full-length album Immunity this month on The FADER label. While her early singles and debut EP showcased an infectious bedroom synth-pop sound, I love the moodiness of this guitar-driven track.


Artist: Sampa The Great

Track: OMG

Twitter: @Sampa_The_Great

Oh my gosh! This new single from Zambian-born Australian rapper Sampa The Great is brilliant. Sampa says, “OMG is a flex of the culture and our coming out of the continent today.” Her new album The Return is out September 13th on Ninja Tune.