Well what do ya know, the weekend is here. We’ve got your plans: use those fingers to click away and choose MTV Iggy’s next Artist of the Week. Ah, come on, you know you have nothin’ else going on.
This is a round-up of the best up-and-coming global bands we found this week. You’ve got until next Friday morning at 11 a.m. sharp to cast your vote for your favorite new artist on MTV Iggy using the poll below.
The band with the most votes will be featured on MTV Iggy’s homepage along with a revealing interview. You know what time it is!
Indiana is a very new songstress out of Nottingham. She’s barely fresh out of the oven when it comes to playing onstage, and she has but a few singles in the world. However, things are moving really fast for the pretty UK songstress, who underscores her tracks with a creeping, minimal electronic arrangement, and sings in breathy gusts. Yet it’s just a matter of time before she joins the annals of some of her soundalikes and idols, including Jamie Woon, Friends and New Look.
Once you let your guard down and listen to Soosh, you’ll be prepared to fully absorb what he’s saying with his tubfuls of watery synths and soft-edged beats. It kind of sounds like he devised a way to grow R&B and hip-hop instrumentals in a closet using some special hydroponics kit. (His tracks definitely sound like they grow best away from direct sunlight.)
Normally when you hear Barcelona you just want to scream, wepa!!! But Barcelona is actually a fun-loving, pillow-soft track, evenly mixed with a big band sound by Isadora, on their untitled February 19 EP. The quintet tows the line between synth and screech, from psychedelic meandering to jazz to Weezery melodies and back again.
Let’s paint this band green, white and red! Or maybe not. Mexico’s Centavrvs set out on a mission to radically transform their country’s traditional music for the 21st century. These underground musicians make electronic, experimental re-imaginings of Mexican folks songs. The result is a really fresh way of hearing Mexico, its deep roots and vibrant future co-mingling in one place.
Norwegian pop aficionados Philco Fiction take off with their twisted tunes on the band’s debut album Take it Personal. Their opening track “Time is a Fly” transforms when a chanted, earworm-riddle chorus sends the song skittering into festival highlight territory. Combine that with heavy helpings of haunted electronics and percussive beats, and Philco Fiction could easily sit on the shelf alongside contemporaries such as Lykke Li and Fever Ray.