You Iggy veterans know we usually announce Artist of the Week competition every Friday, but last week we were too busy stuffing our faces with turkey and Black Friday bargain hunting to put up a poll! So, this week’s competition will be a combination of the two weeks’ featured artists. Now that’s something to really be thankful for :)
One of these eight 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. Time to get Iggy with it!
There’s very little music that has the power to relax you and get you hype at the same time, but that’s exactly what Barcelona quartet Extraperlo does. Their music, aggressively major key, is a constant wash of yacht-rock guitars, cooling synth ambiances and bouncy pop beats. It’s topped by reverby vocals sung in that deep-chested, Rick Astley way people did things in the ‘80s. It sounds like soaking up the sun feels.
At the end of the day, there’s nothing like a good melody. Not much screams “melody” more than Ghanaian, spiritual roots, and the music of Kae Sun. The Ghana-born, Toronto-based singer/songwriter who writes music in part to be “closer to God” drops the sort of arrangements that can chill out the most high-strung of listeners.
Sixteen-year old Rainy Milo is the latest artist from the underground Brit-soul movement to make noise, above ground. Raised in south-east London, the singer of British and Guyanese descent found solace in singing at the age of 14, collaborating with local artists who had the same aim as her: use music to get out of the hood.
For the majority of her song “She,” singer and composer Laura Mvuladoesn’t have a whole lot going on. There’s a flighty synthesizer, twinkling here and there like fireflies. Then, for a moment, a dense chord from a chorus of singers. And up-close and personal, Mvula’s big voice right up in your brain, channeling some serious Nina Simone, her soulful inflections contrasting richly with the demure, almost-barren sonic backdrop.
Scott and Charlene’s Wedding
Named after one unforgettable moment (featuring Kylie Minogue) from the long running Australian TV show Neighbours, Scott and Charlene’s Wedding was formed by Adelaide musician and artist Craig Dermody for a performance at a friend’s birthday party. Things could have stopped there but they didn’t. (It must have been a good party.)
Visual artist and musician Alejandra Felmer is embarking on a solo journey under the name Alex June, but we want to go with her. Born in France, raised in Chile, now based in Paris, the electropop audionaut makes music that calls to mind the topography of inner space, or even another plane entirely. Her debut EP Plan ẍ, out now on Lentonia Records, is just four tracks, but the lyrics are in three different languages and the sonic experience is like going on a length astral voyage.
While Mad Decent ousted global bass from the underground, one of its trailblazers was chilling in the shadows the whole time, garnering kwaito dancefloor influences from his South African homeland. Yes, London producer Moroka co-produced The Very Best’s recent track “Yoshua Alikuti,” but the Afropop track is a far cry from his African-rooted booty shaking bass originals and the remixes — which span from Zebra Katz’ “Ima Read” to traditional fare from Guinea.
There’s something to be said about SZA’s drawing power. It’s not just that her melange of melodies are somewhat reminiscent of early Brandy and Aaliyah-isms—from how she drags out lyrics in sultry whispers, to the seductive vibrato she echos in every hook. She’s also very much Billie Holliday in how she’s got a vivid love affair with drugs, or at the very least, she loves to sing about the addictive power of paramours who leave her begging for release, much like the jazz chanteuse.