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 have prime real estate on MTVIggy.com this week, along with a tell-all interview!
Human Woman released their self-titled album May 29 on hfn records — home to Trentemøller — and the results are nothing short of downright sexy. The beats are dirty, with basslines and atmosphere as thick as sludge, but their songs are pretty varied. The single “Delusional” could pass as subtly rock bluesy, but “Love Games” is clubby by comparison. One consistent feature, though, is their dissonant, whispering duet vocals — reminiscent of Junior Boys or Miike Snow — which require major musical carmarderie.
The Benedicto siblings form Outerhope, one of those plugged-in bands that nevertheless evoke the outdoors with everything they do. There’s an organic quality to their shoegazey washes of sound, but, unlike the post-rock bands that paint starlit vistas with their guitar epics, Outerhope recreates the sunny, warm outdoors of all those summers you can’t quite remember. On recordings like their recently released No End in Sight EP, the delicate layers and sound shadings create a particularly peaceful mood.
Ruby Goe is a 25-year-old badass East London gyal about to murder the music game. Dressed in golden hot shorts and sumptuous electro-beats, Ruby has yet to put out a full-length album, but has already has a small catalog of club-ready singles that destroy. There was “Get On It,” a fusion of grime beats with candy pop hooks about all about s-e-x. Then there is “Beat Breaking Boy,” another tune that skillfully fuses street and club sounds. Most recently, she put out “Badman,” (below) an electro-pop banger with a slow-burning build and a tasty, almost coupé décalé-inflected beat and ominous murder-ballad lyrics.
Kadavar’s stoner rock has a proto-metal vibe that goes way beyond mere Sabbath worship. The Berlin band has an evident intimate familiarity with the deeply planted, leaden roots of psych, prog, doom and stoner rock. Their ’70s metal vocabulary is impressive in itself, but listening to their recently released self-titled debut is more than a mere music appreciation lesson and a lot more fun than overhearing three guys showing off their awesome record collections. Power, conviction and piles of twisted soul constitute the real reason to check these guys out.
Faarow who were signed to Universal Motown as Sweet Rush until 2010, fuse the emo pop song with the R&B club track and built a song greater than the sum of its parts. They’re Somalian refugees — born in Mogadishu but living in Toronto since the ages four and five. They still have family there, and sometimes have trouble being in touch with them. Because of this, and their visibility as the first female Somalians to land a major label record deal, they’ve become spokespeople for the continuing crisis in their native land.