As if Fridays didn’t already rule, we at MTV Iggy give you another reason to love them. 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 10 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, people!
One of the top talents coming up in the “global bass” DJ scene, Thor Partridge (alias Thornato) doesn’t mess around even a little bit. The DJ/producer from New York City’s able Cumba Mela crew has made a name for himself with straightforward, infectious remixes of both traditional tunes and ghetto party jams. Whereas many beatsmiths attempt to burrow into your brain with all sorts of experimental weirdness, Thornato’s music is designed for the places that really matter: the booty and the soul.
Korean music portals describe The Cheers’ sound simply as electronic rock, but there’s no way it should be pigeonholed into a single genre. Vocalist, choreographer and goofball MyungMi sings (read shouts) her way into your heart, while giving her guitarist and chief collaborator Robbin one hell of a job trying to keep up with her. As the composer, writer and producer, Robbin backs MyungMi up with Cheap Trick-esque guitar riffs and with witty lyrics.
Ruby Velle And the Soulphonics
Raw and stylish, classic yet fresh, you’ve got to see Ruby Velle and her Soulphonics live to really experience their deep soul revival. Ideally, you would see them on a humid summer night in one of the many dive bars of Atlanta, Georgia, the lucky city Ms. Ruby calls home. If the mood is right (and it almost always is) you’ll get even more than a gorgeous Indian-Canadian girl with a big voice like warm Nutella fronting a tight R&B band. You might see that what they do isn’t quite revivalist after all.
With the whimsicality of Joanna Newsom and the eerieness of a horror film, Sóley’s narrative lyrics and haunting piano is like diving into Alice in Wonderland, in that Soley’s sound is dreamy, fantastic and colorful, yet leaves you with a creepiness that’s sort of inexplicable. And to go with the Lewis Carroll theme, she even sings about a rabbit who steals her heart in a song off We Sink, entitled “Bad Dream.”
It might not be his most deliberate selling point, but what I absolutely love about Adian Coker’s music is its old school underpinnings. The London MC (born in Sierra Leone) is certainly better equipped with technology than his elders (he’s also been trained in the studio), but he retains that familiar wall-of-sound, statick-y abandon originated in the Public Enemy days. They were the songs that scared — certain — people because it sounded like the MCs were blasting into your room and taking over.