Get excited 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.
Surrender! is a 23-year-old Turkish producer who has earned the accolades of Digitalism and Aeroplane. His first single “Locate” hit HypeMachine charts and earned a nice remix from UK’s NAPT, one that is winning over the electro house-philes who are sick of the progressive stuff. His sounds are derived from the Frenchy, Ed Bangery variety, with hints of Daft Punk and Justice robot antics, and some sexy slow a la Aphex Twin. His debut album Surrender! came out this month, and it features a good evening’s worth of revving distortion and club beats.
Sultan Bathery is a small city in India. It’s also an Italian garage rock three-piece with a weird, obsessive kind of thing with the town and, by a kind of association, with the trappings of eastern mysticism, Bollywood, and, uh, lingams. They’re named after the city because they seem to have enjoyed themselves there. Two of the members stayed there for a day or two and whatever happened to them on that sojourn, they reemerged at home in Vicenza as Sultan Bathery the band, a snarling, sensual beast belching lightheaded grooves and feral rave-ups.
The Akabane Vulgars On Strong Bypass
Happily, the lengthily named Akabane Vulgars on Strong Bypass have got hold of that Japan rock ‘n’ roll torch and they are waving it around in threatening manner. The reckless power trio formed in 2005 when the members were in high school. Bassist/vocalist Miki Uchizono recruited her sister Yumi to sing and play guitar and her classmate Kei Sofue to be the drummer. As of this posting, they have only one EP, a couple of seven inches and a SXSW only compilation out. Compared to the many established acts that have been around for a couple of decades, these ladies just happened.
Brazil’s Sexy Fi, formerly operating under the name Nancy, arose out of the Brazilian capital with a hybrid sound that includes trembling surf guitars, funky horn parts and a vocal style recalling ‘60s-era British psych-pop, sung by vocalist Camila Zamith in English and Portuguese. The resulting material, out later this year under the name Nunca Te Vi De Boa, is unlike anything on the Brazilian scene today. Moody clarinets weave between feedback-belching guitars. Contemplative indie tunes evolve into Afrobeat-inspired jam-outs.
It’s been well over a decade since Frode Kvinge Flatland, Kristian Stockhaus and Øyvind Solheim decidedly started making music together as UngdomSkulen. Through their trippy, experimental, pop/alternative sounds, the Norwegian trio has ventured from basic unknowns with a passion for rock into a subtly badass band that has traveled to over 17 countries in earnest. Photo Credit: Sebastian Andreasson