While K-pop consistently sees a fast and steady rise in newly polished rookie artists challenging the scene, the same goes for the hidden R&B, underground industry. New sounds are filtering into both YouTube and Spotify, showing up as pleasant surprises following a familiar song before it. The artistic freedom that comes with this specific segue never fails to offer a new listening experience, and doing so also widens the perspective on what Korean music can offer.

Here is a small but mighty collection of songs and artists worth trying out, particularly for those not yet familiar with the underground side. Take a listen and let us know which one’s your favorite down below!