PLAYLIST: Anti-Pop & Its DIY Superstars


On the opposite end of the infamous SoundCloud rap landscape, a recent influx of DIY wunderkinds have helped coin a new genre: anti-pop. With a preference for coarse, lo-fi sounds and transparent harmonic progressions, it’s difficult to pigeonhole these artists into any specific genre but their own. They play against the high-fidelity pop music that saturates the airwaves while mastering the latest production software through a myriad of YouTube tutorial videos. Anti-pop is a culture as much as it is a genre. These homemade, internet stars have garnered cult followings with their self-released projects and it’s only a matter of time until they emerge into the mainstream.

We’ve compiled a playlist of 28 songs from some of our favorite anti-pop artists to prepare you for an exciting year ahead. Follow the playlist on Spotify here


Rex Orange County – Sunflower

Cuco – Lover Is a Day

Still Woozy – Goodie Bag

Superorganism - Something For Your M.I.N.D.

Clairo – Pretty Girl

Temporex – Nice Boys


Zack Villere – Next

infinite bisous – Teen Sex

Gus Dapperton – I’m Just Snacking

Inner Wave – American Spirits

boy pablo – Dance, Baby

Sisyfuss – Allergies

Mellow Fellow ft. Clairo – How Was Your Day?

Jon Bap – Don’t Run Into The Dark So Quick

Peach Pit – Seventeen

The Marías – I Don’t Know You

Cosmo Pyke – Social Sites

Matt Burton – 44 Forest

Puma Blue – Want Me

Jakob Ogawa – All Your Love

Steve Lacy – C U Girl

Yellow Days – A Little While

Boys Age – Sour

Banes World – You Say I’m in Love

slenderbodies - anemone

Soccer Mommy – Your Dog

Marlin’s Dreaming - Floating