Who was your favorite featured artist this week? You have until 11am EST next Friday to cast your vote for the next Artist of the Week! Choose between the following:
Alice Boman is one of countless extraordinary talents to come out of the land up north. She is still fairly new to the scene, having only released her first EP Skisser (Swedish for sketches) last year. Her hushed, restrained vocals carry the beautifully-constructed lyrics in a truly powerful way, making sure none of the emotion is lost in translation. One can only wonder what gave Boman the inspiration to write such personal songs that can still find a way to impact so many.
Anushka are a soul-lovin’ house duo, comprised of singer-songwriter Victoria Port and producer Max Wheeler. The project began in earnest when Max caught Victoria performing as part of a neo-soul group in their home town of Brighton. The promise of free studio time lured Victoria to record with Max in his studio and from the outset they knew they were on to something promising.
The band name El Caribefunk is very straightforward. The group brings together music heard all over the Caribbean (Colombian champeta, Jamaican reggae, Haitian compas and zouk, Trinidadian calypso, etc) and threads the genres together through a contemporary take on funk. Their roots are in the live music scene in Cartagena, Colombia, but have been based in Buenos Aires and are spending the summer on tour in the United States.
The ’80s may be long gone, but some of its brilliance lives on through talented artists like James Kent, also known as The Perturbator. Inspired by slasher movies, retro video games and the sci-fi art that came out of the decade’s darkest corners, the French synth master adds his own touch of retrofuturism to expansive sonic landscapes, creating the kind of music that makes our endorphins fly. Mr. Kent’s metalhead roots also permeate his music, as he weaves in heavy beats with riff-like melodies.
The music of Osekre and The Lucky Bastards is alive with treasuring every moment. They play a hybrid of Afropop and ska, punk, and reggae that is equally indebted to Osekre’s Ghanaian heritage and the Brooklyn DIY/garage/indie scene that thrived in the late 2000s. Osekre is one of the Brooklyn indie scene’s biggest cheerleaders, having been one of the founders of the annual The Aputumpu Festival celebrating rising local bands.