The weekend is upon us once again! Time to leave your cramped cubicles and choose MTV Iggy’s Artist of the Week!
This is a round-up of five of the best global bands we found this week. You have until Monday night at 11:59 p.m. USA Eastern Standard Time to vote for your favorite new artist on MTV Iggy, using the bottom poll!
On Tuesday morning, the band with the most votes will be featured on the MTV Iggy homepage marquee along with a tell-all interview.
Porcelain Raft’s music is so post-everything: post-masculine, post-national, post-shoegaze. Meaning: Mauro Remiddi’s pretty bedroom project sounds very right now: equal parts lost-boy but optimist, wrapped in a distorted, synth-y package. His first LP Strange Weekend hangs together like an atmosphere as much as a collection of distressed pop gems. Since its release in January, he’s been touring like a maniac, opening for fellow reverb lovers M83 and Youth Lagoon. Make sure to watch out for this Italian globetrotter!
Vienna-born and raised, with parents from Ghana, Anbuley is a vocalist with presence and a style that sticks in the mind. She’s also got an unerring sensibility when it comes to drawing on those roots of hers to make inspired dance music. The singer started out adding her resonant voice to some deep, Africa-inspired bass tracks with producers like Bert on Beats and Ku Bo. Her Kemo’ Yoo Keke EP mixes the stunning efficiency of Euro dance with the organic power of the traditional music Anbuley grew up with. A lot of that power is channeled through her voice. When she really makes her debut, stand back.
Farmer Nappy puts a lot into his soca. His seasoned talent shows in his recently released album You Make … Me Surrender, a collection of new jams and fresh versions of hits like “Chippin (With Me Own Woman),” featuring Jamaican reggae’s Anthony B. The album alone should get him nominated for some kind of pan-Carribbean ambassadorship award. He’s placed well in Trinidad’s Carnival Soca Monarch competition several times, but he’s yet to take the crown. Next year might be the one. Farmer Nappy’s a real veteran, but he’s still just getting started.
Nabiha’s sound is light-footed, fresh, and fun, with a Janelle Monae-esque flair for positive, fast-paced soul pop. Her voice is gorgeous, her hooks lush. It’s little wonder her album Cracks topped Danish charts, with her single “Deep Sleep” going Gold. A recent German tour with Jason Derülo further kickstarted her cred throughout Europe. The trouble with Nabiha, then, is that she’s still relatively unknown outside of Denmark — a mystery for sure, but one that is destined to change with her new Sony deal, her new edition album More Cracks, and her rock soul single “Trouble.”
Los Animales Superforros
Weaving together Argentinean folk music, lonely psychedelic soundscapes, fantastical children’s tales, and at least one ill-advised pun, Los Animales Superforros are bringing a brand new sound to Buenos Aires’ hyper-saturated rock and roll scene. Animal Collective is a big influence on their music, from the spacey vocal harmonies to the synth and percussion-heavy backdrops. But Los Animales Superforros isn’t just American indie emulation. The members cite Argentine and Uruguayan folk artists Atahaulpa Yupanqui and Alfredo Zitarrosa as influences. The result is a sound that is futuristic and ancient all at once.