Get stoked Iggy people! The best part of the week is here once more! You can join the clickeratti in deciding who will be our “Artist of the Week.”
One of the five rising artists listed below will be voted in by you and netizens just like you across the globe. You have until next Friday morning at 9 am EST to vote for your favorite artist using the poll below.
The band with the most votes will be featured on MTV Iggy’s homepage along with a très revealing interview. You know what to do.
Petite Noir , the 21-year-old Congolese producer is making much noise. While his wailing laments remind us of our never-ending love affair with emo, how they ride over his unique (read: perfect) mashup of digital and analogue sounds, electronic and live drums, is a different story altogether. It’s the sound that one would hope for if Fela arrived a few decades later and spent his career working with New Order . Or if The Week-nd spent his childhood summers abroad in London listening to kwaito. It’s indigenous in the most contemporary, unforced and altruistic way possible.
Ain’t no half-stepping for the Brooklyn alternative rock meets soul duo, Meridian. With their trippy, soulful, rock grooves that bang across cascading, sensual rhythms, it’s hard not to fall in love with Meridian’s do or die style. It’s Afropunk; it’s rudeboy-with-a-heart. It’s the kind of infectious, shape-shifting music that doesn’t fit all, but goes so hard that you simply can’t ignore it. It’s an almost transcendent-like experience, where one can easily find oneself begging for more.
The members of rock group Sistra grew up in Khabarovsk, Russia, closer to China than to Moscow, where they live now. This is only worth mentioning because knowing that the electrorock quartet hails from a city surrounded by primeval pine forests makes their exquisite music even better. Their debut album Telegram Cloud seethes with chilly sonics and a restless spirituality that puts them in kinship Pictureplane and Zola Jesus. If their music isn’t exactly sunny, it’s isn’t dark either. It’s easy to listen and imagine starry nights in the wilderness with the wind blowing through ancient trees.
Actual music skills are hard to come by in electro these days, and yet, while it’s easy to ruminate over Not Squares’ live instruments, appreciation of analogue, weird lo-fi filters, and unpredictable composition, it’s easier just to dance your face off. Hailing from Belfast, Ireland, the trio showed off a raw antique-keyboard-to-the-face, go-hard dance debut album in 2010 called Yeah OK that held a few torches to LCD Sound System and The Rapture. Photo: Phillip McCrilly
Look at concert calendars in South America’s biggest city and you’ll see the name Bixiga 70 printed all over it. If you make it to one of those shows, you’ll hear high-octane break beats, tight afrobeat guitars, rolling congas, and, especially, an enormous horn section blasting at full-force throughout. Bixiga 70 was formed by a group of ten musicians from the SP scene, many of whom had worked as sidemen in groovy bands like Funk Como Le Gusta and Projetonave, and quickly rose to become Brazil’s the top name in retro-funky goodness. Photo: Pablo Saborido