Happy Friday! It’s finally the weekend and 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!
Have fun and good luck!
TALWST is the truest of hodgepodges. Seen in photographs donning traditional African garb set against dreary, high-brow backdrops, you’d have a hard time believing his new debut album is called Alien Tentacle Sex. TALWST’s album is all gurgly atmosphere over beats ranging from skittery to 90s R&B classic. Not surprisingly, this fuzziness is courtesy of ILLANGELO, producer of The Weeknd.
Viva la Virgen
Viva La Virgen reminds us of the psychedelic echoes of Chancha Via Circuito and Lido Pimienta’s fluorescent artronica, among other favorite things. It is the musical project of Jara Aithany, a producer and DJ originally from Spain who now operates from Berlin. “Cumbias Para El Cambio” is a magisterial mix we would recommend sitting back and really vibing to.
Plastic Kid is a DJ-producer-photographer music. On his debut album lucid dreams (freely downloadable) his music floats from disco, to early hip-hop beats, to the late 90s beat renaissance, to, I don’t know, you could make cases for Radiohead, chillwave and elevator music too. The point is, the man is not afraid to draw from his influences, yet he comes out with some vision that’s mad particular.
Cola Jet Set
Cola Jet Set is a band from Barcelona whose lyrics are dreamy, delightful, and just a bit off. Meanwhile the playful but artfully arranged guitar pop is a dead-on tribute to the girly ye-ye sound popular throughout Europe in the ’60s. While the vocalist, Ana, has always sung in Spanish, the group recently recorded and released an EP called Lesson One: Listen & Repeat with English versions of their songs as a nod to their loyal fans in the UK.
Jagwa Music, by day, hustle to survive with small-time oddjobs like filling in as taxi-bus drivers. But by night, they are stars of the city, playing a frenetic style of dance music and singing lyrics about the pressures and pleasures of urban life. The band has two musicians on little Casios, known locally as the kinanda or “little musical box,” who rip hypnotic, repeating riffs on overblown organ patches. Behind them, four percussionists pound out crazy polyrhythms on various drums, some of which are made out of PVC pipes. One guy plays a wooden stool beaten with sticks.