Weekenders unite! It’s time to choose MTV Iggy’s Artist of the Week!
This is a round-up 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.
Formed in 2008 in the suburbs of Seoul, Apollo 18 has risen to the top of Korea’s independent music scene the old fashioned way: by devoting themselves to crafting powerful and expressive music. They keep the guitars silvery and the spirit wistful, even when churning through a mathy breakdown. On past releases they’ve played a little rougher, experimenting with Mars Volta shredding, Galaxy Express raging, and Coheed and Cambria progging-out, sometimes all at once.
Fatima Al Qadiri
Born in Senegal, raised in Kuwait, now based in New York City, producer Fatima Al Qadiri released an EP called Genre-Specific Xperience, in which she deconstructed and re-envisioned musical styles from hip hop to electro tropicalia and connected each song to a music video made by a different visual artist. Ayshay, an earlier project, is constructed from warped a capella vocals inspired by the music she grew up with in Kuwait.
Bittereinder means “diehard” in Afrikaans, but this SA award-winning, chart-topping Pretoria trio is more experimental than the blingy moniker implies. Their 2009 debut album ‘n Ware Verhaal (“a true story”) is full of interesting, delightfully bizarre turns, from hard 8bit spit sessions to light upbright bass solos to singing harmonies. The only consistency? Every word is in Afrikaans.
Neo-soul newcomer Bez Idakula is the latest Nigerian to make a splash on the international stage. Earlier this year, the singer-songwriter became the first African artist to debut a song on BET’s popular 106 & Park, and he nabbed a recent shout-out in Vogue Italia. It’s no wonder Bez is getting all the attention – he’s got a golden voice, nerd-chic swagger, and some impressive guitar skills to boot.
We guarantee that no band at SXSW this week is repping Basque dance music harder than Crystal Fighters — a powerhouse of indie electro and traditional folk instruments. You can call the result baile punk or emotronica — I call it dance crack. Keeping on message, Crystal Fighter’s videos star beautiful people in Day-Glo’d indigenous costume and supernatural forest creatures dancing in parking garages.