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Artist of the Week: Vote for Your Favorite

by Suzy Exposito | 13 hours ago
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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:

Ourlives

Jón Björn Árnason and Leifur Kristinsson are the Icelandic pair behind tunes you’ve may already heard in AwkwardAbout a Boy and The Fosters. And, like a lot of the bands who first find greater exposure on the small screen, they’re the kind you’ll be desperately Googling once the credits roll. Their debut full-length, Den of Lions, features one emotive track after another. Somewhat dejected sentiments are made empathetic through bombastic crescendos, buildups so big you can’t help but feel your own feelings are validated.

Nabiha

This Danish artist is a musical chameleon. Nabiha Bensouda has both the powerful R&B-soul vocal range of a true diva, and, as an MC, a real OG’s linguistic dexterity. Apart from her vocal prowess, this soul pop songstress also has some dope dance moves that only add to her all-encompassing appeal. In fact, Nabiha is already a bonafide star in Europe, having received prestigious music awards like Female Artist of the Year at the 2013 Danish Grammys and winning the European Border Breakers Award.

Andy Stott

Andy Stott has been making understated electronic compositions for over a decade. More interested in creating a chill moment than a dance floor anthem, it’s easy to see why the Manchester-based producer might have slipped past many listeners’ radars. His music creeps and crawls, his songs all united by a sense of unease that can take several spins to fully unpack. His upcoming album, Faith In Strangers is a dark and intricately crafted nine-track journey. Sure, there might be things going bump in the night, but in Stott’s world, they sound downright glorious.

Einar Stray Orchestra

Coming at you like Viking warlocks, Norwegian quintet Einar Stray Orchestra turns post-rock into a mystifying concoction of suspenseful strings and balletic piano riffs, moody percussions and spellbinding harmonies. With his captivating tenor, ringleader Einar Stray tells gloomy, real life stories about deceitful politics and penniless drifters seeking the afterlife. He started off as a solo artist, recording music in his bedroom and putting out tracks on MySpace. He’d often invite friends to join him onstage, who consequently became his official backing band.

Haerts

Like high gloss indie pop with a spring in its step? HAERTS’s self-titled debut is one of the most big-hearted (big-haerted?), shamelessly emotional releases of the year. Sure, we could tell you that the band’s story starts with the traditional “boy-meets-girl, boy and girl discover they like each other both professionally and personally” narrative. But given the New York five-piece’s piercing electropop hooks and starry-eyed choruses, chances are you already guessed that there was a bit of romantic pixie dust sprinkled into the works.


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Latin Bitman Announces New Album, Airplane

by Isabela Raygoza | 3 days ago
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Latin Bitman, one of the most progressive DJs in the Latin Alternative scene, returns with a new album, Airplane, out November 11 via Nacional Records.

The former one-man punk artist, who is strongly rooted in old school hip-hop, has an extensive collaborative record that adds to his eclectic style. Besides officially remixing Beastie Boys, Diplo, Manu Chao, and Tom Tom Club, he’s adventurous when it comes to experimenting with diverse projects. Earlier this year, he released a minimal-tech album as one half of the DJ duo RVSB, with DJ Raff. In 2012, he teamed up with Eric Bobo (Cypress Hill drummer) to start the percussion-heavy, electro-punk group, Ritmo Machine.

Now back he’s back at his solo venture, and we’re stoked reveal Latin Bitman’s new reggae-infused, global bass track, “Airplane,” featuring Panama’s urban vocalist, OSO 507. For those who can’t wait for the album to drop, listen to the teaser here.

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PREMIERE: Watch “Where We Begin,” the New Video from MONO

by Suzy Exposito | 4 days ago
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Though best known for their epic, orchestral productions, Japanese post-rock quartet MONO take a more delicate, yet equally powerful approach in their latest single, “Where We Begin.” Directed by the Los Angeles-based, award-winning filmmaker Mitsuyo Miyazaki, this brand new video features pastoral scenes from her narrative dance film of the same title, which includes original songs by MONO. Filmed in Cedar City, Utah, the film follows a woman who looks back on the great love of her life, as she inches towards her death. Still in its production stage, the film is set for release in 2015.

The new double-album by MONO, The Last Dawn and Rays of Darkness, are both out today on Temporary Residence Ltd. Watch the video for “Where We Begin” below:

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Listen: Fryars – “The Boy In The Hood Mixtape” Ft. Lily Allen

by MTV Iggy | 4 days ago
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Fryars (AKA Benjamin Garrett) has released a mixtape called The Boy in the Hood. The 20-track mix, which is presented as one continuous stream, features beats, vocoder vocals, and “LDN” singer Lily Allen, who appears on “King Many Layers.” (Forward to the 40:45 mark to hear her contribution.)

“It’s not a bunch of off cuts but a different beast,” Garrett says of the mix. “This record exists in the night time. It’s a night out. From being home alone to upping sticks and going out on the town. Power exists in the daytime, for the most part.”

Download the mixtape via the handy widget below. Fryars’ album Power streets November 18 on Fiction. —Words by Laura Studarus

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Listen: Susanne Sundfør — “Fade Away”

by MTV Iggy | 5 days ago
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Susanne Sundfør’s new track “Fade Away” is a pop ode to love of the highest order. “This is the kind of love that never goes out of style,” she sings against a bed of bubbly synths, splitting the difference between hope and despair. “Because baby I know that I’ll always be waiting and you’ll always want to come back,” she sings.

For the Norwegian singer-songwriter, the recording of her forthcoming fifth album Ten Love Songs came with a series of discoveries about the emotion.

“To me, love isn’t always what it seems,” she writes on her Facebook. “When I first started to work on the album, I wanted to make an album about violence, and then, as I was writing the songs, there were violent aspects, but they were usually about love or relationships, how you connect with other people. And in the end, that turned out to be 10 love songs.”

Listen to the emotive new single below. Ten Love Songs is due out February 16 on EMI. —Words by Laura Studarus

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Artist of the Week: Vote for Your Favorite

by Suzy Exposito | 8 days ago
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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:

Flowers

Twee devotees rejoice: continuing Britain’s legacy of featherweight jangle pop is London’s latest export, Flowers. They have supported acts like The Pains of Being Pure at Heart and Young Marble Giants on tour, and made their maiden voyage to the States for NYC’s 2013 Popfest. In their 2014 debut album, Do What You Want To, It’s What You Should Do, they rise from the noisy, muffled depths of the fuzz pop tradition and come out with a crystal clarity, allowing Rachel Kenedy’s creamy soprano to fully stand out against a no-frills, three-piece setup.

Moreno Veloso

Moreno Veloso’s first album since his Music Typewriter debut thirteen years ago captures the whimsy of an informal gathering of friends who love to make music together and chill — the only difference is that the sonic hangout sessions were recorded in nine studios across Brazil, New York, and Japan and assembled an orbital cast of about 30 musicians.Coisa Boa’s air of familial warmth is so palpable it seems only natural that some of the rehearsals took place while Veloso’s children slumbered peacefully into the night, infusing an ambience of hushed respite in the recording process.

Yael Meyer

Santiago native Yael Meyer also lives up to her hype as a brilliant pop composer. But unlike some of her Chilean comrades whose primary selling points are vintage synth hooks and disco-infused beats, this LA-based singer-songwriter also draws heavily on her folkloric roots. Growing up on Andean folk from her father’s Nueva Canción collection, the quirky musician understands the value of storytelling, and the splendor of nylon guitar strings.

Proviant Audio

Proviant Audio starts with digital creations by Tønsberg, Norway-based producer Mathias Stubø. Even if it stopped there, Drift Days & Disco Nights would still be more fun than just about most nu-disco records. But the party is taken to the next level by Stubø’s eight-piece band, who flesh out cut-and-paste glam tunes with horns, keys, and the funkiest bass riffs of the 1970s. (Who needs robot helmets, right?)

Hookworms

Hailing from Leeds, Hookworms are a band of multiple personalities that compete for attention within every song. The immediate effect comes from experimenting with textures that will make you doubt your senses, and question whether or not you actually heard the catchy track you were just bopping along to. Honestly, it’s a bit puzzling how a catchy hook like the guitar riff in the single “On Leaving” bounces back and forth in the chorus that curiously feeds into long, droning but barely shaped moments.


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Brian Eno Will Release a Rarities Collection this December

by MTV Iggy | 8 days ago
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Christmas for Brian Eno fans will come early this year. On December 2, the British musician is re-releasing four classic albums: Nerve Net, The Shutov Assembly, Neroli, and The Drop. Recorded between 1992-1997, each release will come packaged as a 2CD set—one featuring the album as it was originally presented, and the second will have completely unreleased material recorded during the same time frame. Nerve Net, Eno’s 1992 album, will be accompanied by My Squelchy Life, which fans refer to as Eno’s “lost record.” Neroli’s bonus material features New Space Music, Eno’s hour-long, ambient drone piece.

Click here to check out the extensive track lists! —Words by Laura Studarus

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Stylo G Wins Best Reggae Act of 2014

by Isabela Raygoza | 9 days ago
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Since Stylo G dropped his insanely infectious, dancehall track “Soundbwoy” last year, we had a feeling this Jamaica-born, UK-based artist would reach groundbreaking heights. Heck, “Soundbwoy” wasn’t just his breakthrough track, it changed the face of Jamaican music. This is why it’s no surprise he’s been dubbed the Best Reggae Act at this year’s MOBO Awards, which happened yesterday. He competed against other brilliant reggae newcomers like Tarrus Riley, Popcaan, Chronixx, and Alkaline.

Stylo G’s newest single “Call Mi A Leader” will be out on November 9th via 3Beat. It honors the legacy of Bob Marley and his legendary song “Could You Be Loved.”

Congrats to Stylo G!

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