So the presidential election may be over, but here at MTV Iggy we keep on truckin’. Here’s another chance to cast your vote- this time for our prestigious Artist of the Week!
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!
It’s hard to beat Swedish retro rockers Graveyard. You just can’t mess with what they have going on. First, they look like they just stepped off a hot-boxed tour bus from Laurel Canyon/Asgard and they go hard on old-fashioned blues rock like it never went out of style. They can also boast a frontman who looks like Nordic Steve Buscemi AND they have their own brand of beer, Hisingen Brew.
Low Leaf is a singer and composer from Los Angeles, of Filipino heritage, who makes experimental pop music on piano, synthesizers, guitar, beats and most prominently – a big, beautiful harp. Yep, that’s right, a motherflipping harp. The instrument can be heard on virtually all of Low Leaf’s tracks, its tinkling arpeggios and sweeping glissandi contrasted with glitchy electronic drums and effects. All of which performed and programmed herself – a pretty mind boggling accomplishment.
Combining bluegrass folk, swing, orchestral ballads, jazz and indie-pop, Brighton newcomer Jennifer Left is spanning some of America’s (and okay, the world’s) most precious music traditions from the last century. What is particularly fun about Jennifer Left — who has recently worked with artists on the Ninja Tune label such as Banks and Bonobo — is that, while her genre preferences are the marks of a big showperson, her music relishes more in subtlety and interesting details.
How the hell does Switzerland’s Cyril Hahn translate megahits like Destiny’s Child’s “Say My Name” and Mariah Carey’s “Touch My Body” into atmospheric, techno beats and get away with it? Perhaps it’s the support via setlist from legendary DJs Diplo, the xx, and Annie Mac that helps Cyril champion the world of remixes. But we’d be lying if we said he didn’t win us over too.
There aren’t many conscious rhymers left in the UK. Nowadays, there seems to be more love shown to lyricists who delve into the darker realms of life, rather than looking on the brighter side of it, but that’s okay. Kobi Onyame, however, is different. The Ghanaian-born rapper and producer fuses his life experiences – both good and bad – along with some inspiration bars, which could almost be used as daily quotes.