Here at MTV Iggy we give y’all yet ANOTHER reason to love Fridays. You get to decide who will take home the prestigious title of “Artist of the Week.”
One of the five rising artists listed below will be voted in by you and Iggyites 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 tell-all interview. So get clicking!
Pronounced “Scientist,” the 18-year-old talent is one of the newbies on the Boys Noize label, but he’s already produced more tracks than anyone can keep up with. Indeed, one look at SCNTST’s Soundcloud and you get the impression of a young kid in a basement somewhere, churning out beats as often as he breathes, and, due to his moniker, the SCNTST in my head also wears a lab coat. His remixes and edits range, but he veers toward the skittery, busy beatmaking coined by J Dilla made more manic with the aid of Ableton.
Seri loved to sing since she was very young, but fell in love with electronic dance music a little later when she discovered Vancouver’s club scene. Now living in New York City, the vocalist and songwriter lends her talents to the kinds of songs that inspired her to dance back then. Though she started out working under the name Lala, cutting successful singles with the group ManiaCalm, Seri recently started using the name her grandfather called her toward the end of his life. It’s both a return to her roots and a new beginning, marked by “Love Rain Down,” her first release under the new name.
Released in early September on Not Not Fun records, Maria Minerva’s second LP Will Happiness Find Me? features 11 tracks that range from dizzying discotheque to sleepy, muffled, dark dream pop. Minerva’s breathy, sexy voice adds a glamorous polish to her songs over an array of otherwise murky beats. And as usual, she’s not afraid to experiment. Her last track on the album, “The Star” features a ghostly melody from Minerva looped aover a line from the Chordettes’ 1954 hit “Mr. Sandman,” pushing the eerie envelope even further.
Lamin Fofana is a producer and DJ who represents not only for techno’s African-American past, but for it’s African future. A stalwart of New York City’s Dutty Artz crew (which includes the venerable DJ /rupture, Geko Jones and Chief Boima), Lamin has been both spinning and constructing experimental electronic gems for a a few years now. He was born and raised between Guinea and Sierra Leone, and has made it a mission to connect the cultural dots between West Africa and Detroit.
Forget Goa, one of the hottest psy-trance artists to grace festival stages hails from its not-so-close neighbor, Delhi. Audiogramme has been dropping progressive sounds for the last 14 years all over the world — sounds that may remind you of the Run Lola Run crossover days, or, depending on who you are, those throbbing pulses that frighten you at Burning Man.