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:
Clemens Rehbein and Philipp Dausch met in high school, bonded over a shared love of Red Hot Chili Peppers, and decided to form a 4-piece jazz band with some pals. A few years later they traded retro jazz for indie pop, and Milky Chance — a clever name they insist has no deeper meaning — was born. Shortly after uploading “Stolen Dance” to YouTube, the duo’s reggae-tinged, electro-dance jam drew more than 136 million streams and went on to hit number one in 15 countries.
Doom metal is often caught in extremes, and while we love those to death, sometimes life calls for a golden medium. India’s Bevar Sea delivers just that, splicing together classic, catchy riffs with genuine attitude. Roaring proudly out of Bengaluru, they’ve created a demand for doom where there once was none. They’ve developed a following without a local musical precedent, all by nodding heavily to greats like Sabbath, Sleep and Pentagram, but dodging any tropes that lead to dead ends.
Tucked away in the city of Charlotte, North Carolina, indie rock quartet Junior Astronomers were one of the best kept secrets of the South for years — until their explosive performance at this year’s Afropunk Festival. With a sound best described as emotive post-punk, the band delivered nothing short of a striking set, in which the band members played themselves into distortion-laden reverie, catapulted by the passionate vocal lunges of frontman Terrence Richard.
When we first lent our ears and eyes to Tkay Maidza’s latest music video “Uh-Huh” – a noisy-electro, glitchy banger charged with minty fresh rhymes and dizzying synths — we were like, “Uh, whuuuut!” No doubt, this Zimbabwe-birthed Aussie MC can definitely spit an ill flow, and while at it, she does it with a flawless, cool sophistication and swag (yes, we dared to say swag because she gots it).
Even before Oliver Dollar (aka, Oliver Siebert) hit it big in 2011 with the Beatport-topping track “Doin’ Ya Thing,” one could say the dance DNA was in him. Dollar’s latest, another collaboration with Jimi Jules titled “Pushing On” (premiered by Pete Tong) got a proper release from Ministry of Sound on August 29th. It’s far more house than Berlin techno with its funk bassline and diva-like vocal sample. Vintage Dollar, if you will; a producer and DJ who is a bit more party-centric than cerebral, though there’s no fault in this musical strategy.