Happy Friday world! That’s right, it’s the last Friday of March 2011. Ever. So make it count! Listen to five of the best emerging artists from the globe has to offer, and vote in our Artist of the Week poll.
This is a round-up of our five Bands We Like columns this week.
You have until Monday night at 11:59 p.m. USA Eastern Standard Time to vote for your favorite, using the bottom poll!
On Tuesday morning, the crowned artist will get prime placement on our MTV Iggy homepage and stay there for the whole week! The winner will also be announced with a write-up on MTVmusic.com!
May the best music walk away with the victory!
Sin Fang’s Haunted Icelandic Indie Pop
Solo artist Sin Fang’s songs (he was formerly Sin Fang Bous) have little electronic blips and tweets in them, and flutes pop in at random points. They’re quirky and sweet. His soft and well-controlled voice is a distinctive thread running through all of them — beautiful lullabies for all ages. His new name must have given him a magic formula. His debut Summer Echoes turned his already good, folky pop music into pop that is more delicate, perfect, and haunting than ever.
Bleeding Knees Club’s Messy Australian Garage Pop
Bleeding Knees Club is really good at writing those messy, catchy songs. Their EP Virginity sound like they were made up on the spot and held together with twine and chewing gum, when in reality each one is airtight enough to stick in your head for days and lyrically smart enough that you won’t mind.
Croat-Kiwi Electro Sisters, MayaVanya
The Croatia-born, New Zealand-based sister duo MayaVanya is on the growing list of electronic artists plucking from world sounds, and transforming them into head-bobbing hotness. Latin, African, Caribbean, eastern Euro gypsy, French cabaret, funk, and even some old timey speakeasy sounds make their way into MayaVanya’s deluge of singles and mixtapes. The ladies can throw down club style if they have to. But they also know how to make lush, heady, and downright sexy downtempo tracks.
Sahy Uhns Scientific LA Beats
It’s actually pronounced “Science,” but we’re glad for the creative spelling as it makes the LA producer far more Google-able. Sahy Uhns is the founder of Proximal Records, yet another label that showcases abstract hip hop production in LA, the city it represents through its roster. In his beats, you can hear that unmistakable G-Funk element that west coast hip hop is built on, as well as the same ambient/electronic sound that’s embraced by the beatmakers concentrated in the LA area.
Spain’s Zany Noise Group, Za!
Spain’s Za!, inspired by pan-African beats, hurls subtle world music underpinnings into math rock, experimental clash, hints of jazz, and modern electronics. It’s not the easiest listening you’ll ever experience, but I’d bet my life that Za! isn’t going for easy. Their songs have titles like “B, SE, & PD vs. Ceaucescu,” “Bomboklat #2: Ina Bomboklat” and finally, “Nanavividedeñaña” on their new LP Megaflow. Harmless indie rock isn’t exactly on the menu. Neither is song structure, uniformity among the tracks, or audible lyrics. One might say it’s anarchy. Sweet, sweet anarchy.