Between hurricanes, cannibals, elections, Halloween, and general maelstrom, it’s been a hell of a week — which is why we’re getting a late start on this week’s Artist of the Week. But it makes it all the more dire.
One of the five rising artists listed below will be voted in by you and other Iggy readers 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 super revealing interview. You know what to do!
For those of you still in the dark on the Dutch songstress sweeping the jazz continent, one listen to Caro Emerald’s breakthrough track “Back It Up” will leave you bopping your head in public (and if you’re like me, borderline obsessing.) Emerald’s clean yet sultry vocals are the quintessence of easy listening, and the result sounds like an Amy Winehouse who never smoked cigarettes or a more feminine Joss Stone. Her bold, brassy sound clings to jazz roots but is modernized with the help of funky hip-hop beats, leaving listeners with a rare genre that you, your parents, and your grandparents to vibe to.
With fancied-up trap music bumping in every cool-kid college party from Manhattan to Malibu, it was inevitable that somebody would mix trap with baile funk. But who would have guessed that it would a 21-year old American kid making beats out of his dorm room? Regardless of who he is or where he’s from, Sango is a serious talent to watch. Named after an anime princess from the manga series InuYasha, the Seattle-born beatsmith began producing at age 17. Since then, he’s churned out eight digital releases, spanning from Flying Lotus-esque instrumental hip-hop, to experimental trap.
Stand Up Against Heart Crime
At once lovely melody makers and ambient soundscape psychedelic jam painters, Barcelona’s Stand Up Against Heart Crime keeps one foot planted firmly in 80s New Order-style synth pop, and another lost in a reverie that feels distinctly German, giving credence to their own term “Kraut-wave” (a mix between new wave 80s pop, and the more experimental, droning leanings of Krautrock). Stand Up’s singles are distinctly beautiful and relaxing, but you have to be able to let go a little bit, since they drift far more than they drop into cozy pop tropes.
The seven-member group of artists and art students, formed by Melbourne-based multidisciplinary artist Danius Kesminas, produces sculptures and installations as well as noisy punk albums examining different socio-political issues. Punkasila dresses like a squad of guerrillas in handmade batik army fatigues and play guitars constructed to look like AK-47s. Their albums come in high-concept, DIY packaging, and might be more convoluted than the average punk band, but Punkasila is no less scrappy, or loud for that matter.