Welcome to the weekend! 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 a week, until next Friday morning at 9 a.m. USA Eastern Standard Time to vote for your favorite new artist on MTV Iggy, using the bottom poll!
The band with the most votes will be featured on the MTV Iggy homepage marquee along with a tell-all interview!
In 2006, British-Pakistani rapper and actor Riz MC, or Riz Ahmed, got himself banned from the BBC for his track “Post 911 Blues,” in which he blasted the media and the government for the post-911 climate — which included racism against all brown people everywhere. The intrepid lyrics from this Oxford grad were set to a happy, mocking production, which surely boiled Blair’s blood even more. But as always, banning it only made it more popular, and paved the way for Riz MC’s career. He released a debut album called MICroscope a few years later, toured the US, and shared a stage with the likes of Mos Def, Massive Attack, and Dizzee Rascal.
These good-looking kids with native charisma have crafted a few hook-ridden electro gems. If strong beginnings count, AlunaGeorge’s pitch-perfect pop is giving them a starting advantage. Equal parts spooky drag reverb, belching dubstep, and Beyonce, it’s stadium anthems for the seventeen-and-exists-only-in-the-darkest-recesses-of-the-internet set. The title track off their upcoming EP, puts singer Aluna Francis’ sass up against producer George Reid’s encyclopedia of ’90s urban pop references. The result? The title, “You Know You Like It,” says it all.
Strange Handsfrom Bordeaux, France don’t really sound like Black Lips. But Black Lips might be the first thing you think of when you listen to their debut full-length Dead Flowers. This is because they seem to have figured out just what made Black Lips’ flower punk so, um, flowery and proceeded to embellish on the concept. That’s right, I’m saying that even though “flower punk” was a phrase thrown out there to describe one band, Dead Flowers could be the album that makes it into an actual microgenre.
Twenty-year-old Erphaan Alves is one of the most refreshing voices in Trinidad’s soca scene. Soca is a culture that honors veterans like Machel Montano and Farmer Nappy, so you know anyone just breaking in really has to prove themselves. Alves has been working hard to do just that since he was still a child and he’s already accomplished more than many older artists. The singer-songwriter was crowned National Junior Soca Monarch in 2008. he placed as a semi-finalist in the main Soca Monarch competition at Carnival. Now that he’s moved into the adult music industry in Trinidad, it’s apparent he is going to be a force.
A few weeks back, the mysterious electronic artist Arca managed to briefly seize control of the internet’s childlike hive-mind for about five minutes with a disturbing video clip for his song “Ass Swung Low.” The song, which starts with the line “I feel sick/ f**k you,” is a doomy bit of ambient hip-hop filled with sonic space birds and vocals pitch-shifted beyond comprehension. But it’s the visuals that really poke you in the soul’s nether regions, featuring still images of freaky looking children with their mouths re-animated to mime the song’s lyrics. After watching, it’s almost impossible not to feel a little bit violated by demons.