Hello all you global music fans! It’s Friday! That means yet another round of amazing new artist from around the world for you to discover and vote on. We’re talking about the artist of the week poll. You have until next Friday morning at 11 a.m. EST to vote for the musician or group you think should be our artist of the week. The winner will be featured on our home page. Ready? Yeah, you are.
Dutch Uncles’ fondness for irregular time signatures has earned them a reputation for intellectualism, like a highbrow brand of indie bearing the smarts of math-rock while carrying the crystalline torch of disco. On their third album Out of Touch in the Wild, the Manchester band have practically mastered that peculiar approach to pop, affording them the stability needed to cultivate a new motif: Pitting the polished against the seedy.
Carmen Villain is a stunning beauty of Norwegian and Mexican heritage who spent a decade modeling for top designers and posing on magazine covers before she decided to leave that world and pick up a guitar. The sounds that came out of that guitar were fractured and intense, a corrupted take on the blues that expresses not sadness but the swirling weirdness of the mind. Her first album, Sleeper, was released this March, featuring Carmen herself playing almost all the instruments. Purposefully a bit off-kilter and rough around the edges, the record creates this very rich, very complete sonic world that sucks you in right away.
Journalist-turned-beatsmith, Ryan Hemsworth has been making music that swims in the same ethereal waters as some of today’s most sought-after hip-hop producers. Brought up in Nova Scotia, Canada, Hemsworth started producing electronic music during university, after a brief affiliation with guitar music – rock, to be precise. Since switching to his laptop, his production skills have been in high demand.
Growing up between Helsinki, Berlin and London, Tigerlight has juggled roles within the media. Not only is she a singer, DJ and producer, but she also writes weekly comedy sketches for Crissy Criss’ D&B show on BBC Radio 1Xtra. Then there’s her work as a backing vocalist for The X Factor, and Britain’s Got Talent, where she supported Beyoncé, Robbie Williams and Westlife, no less. Despite spreading her talents with quite a few DJs from across this latest wave of dubstep – including Document One, Far Too Loud and Dodge & Fuski – perhaps her most favored producer has been High Rankin, with whom she has recorded numerous tracks.
A K U A
The video for “Gravity” is the perfect visual encapsulation of the aquatic suspension you feel from listening to A K U A’s harmonies. The R&B singer from Montreal is in character as a fish-tailed siren of the sea being coveted by admirers. The gently gargling beats in her production enhance the aquatic theme, but instead of lulling you to a gentle slumber, you become buoyed by a mixture of seduction and heartache. A K U A writes her own material and co-produces her music with Andy Bauer of Twin Shadow and Martin Rodriguez.