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:
Singer-songwriter Mitski’s latest album, Bury Me At Makeout Creek, captures both the severe self-loathing and unwavering, childlike aspiration of underdogs everywhere. Adopting the syrupy croon of a young Patsy Cline, supplemented by the lo-fi volatility of Canadian noise pop outfit Eric’s Trip, Mitski rummages through feelings of alienation in college party scenes and barely-reciprocal romances with a devil-may-care, folk-rock abandon.
While many of their Chilean comrades like their dance pop with ultra-gloss and vintage synths, Tunacola prefers to create stunning kitsch pop songs with silliness and classic video-game console sounds that still have plenty of dance floor functionality. Focused around playful hip-hop verses, the Santiago-based quintet calls their über-quirky music hip-pop. Their dedication to nonstop fun was underscored last month when they channeled the Teletubbies, and frolicked around wearing onesies in their latest music video,“Danky.”
While most K-pop groups look west for their sound and fashion, Orange Caramel keeps its concept local. The trio has its retro roots in Korean trot music, which, paired with their sparkly and cartoonish look, creates a quirkier and weirder alternative to the standard K-pop girl group. You can’t really make sense of what’s going on with Orange Caramel, sound or fashion wise, using logic and everything about them screams “too much.” It’s like eating a gallon of cotton candy ice cream.
Teodros is a prototype of Ethiopian-American hip-hop, but his diasporic roots run deep. Claiming influences from Ethiopian music to Aretha Franklin to old school hip-hop, he is no stranger to the magic created when cultures mix. The first time Teodros crossed paths with Belay, the two shared a stage with fellow Copperwire rapper Burntface and singer Meklit Hadero at Addis Acoustic Jazz Night in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. When visiting Fendika later in 2011, Teodros found everything he loves about American hip-hop present in his ancestral home: “the poetry, humor, politics, dance, outcasts — and above all, the sense of community.”
Christopher Ellis is a big deal. He may be a relative newcomer when it comes to his participation in old school reggae, but he’s been immersed in it his whole life. As the son of Alton Ellis, AKA the Godfather of Jamaican Rocksteady, this London-born reggae singer echoes the legacy of his late father with his rich bellowing vocal style and gripping one-drop reggae rhythms. He resurrects the rocksteady sounds of his Jamaican heritage with a lover’s rock kind of lyricism, and adds a contemporary soul-R&B twist.