Welcome to the weekend! It’s time to party, but mostly, it’s time to choose MTV Iggy’s Artist of the Week.
This is a round-up of the best global bands we found this week. You have a week, until next Friday morning at 11 a.m. USA Eastern Standard Time to vote for your favorite new artist on MTV Iggy, using the bottom poll.
The band with the most votes will be have prime real estate on our homepage this week, along with a tell-all interview.
May the best band win!
Luxembourg’s Love Echo is releasing their debut album, I Promise You Always the Sky, on January 18, and all signs point to thick relaxation. The sloooow-tempo beats borrow from (perhaps unwittingly) the hip-hop LA sound the stuttery likes of Daedelus and Flying Lotus, and the whole thing is packed with generous reverb. You leave their album not feeling dark or light, but totally foggy, unable to move from your seat. For this reason, they are strongly recommended for the hours when you have nothing pressing to do, except sit in the tub.
Purple Ferdinand, real name Vanessa Ferdinand, is a humble soul from Stratford, east London, whose sultry voice will have you hypnotized from the first note.The 24-year-old’s simple, classic soul-style delivery is authentic – with most of her days currently dedicated to penning more honest and heart-warming songs for her currently untitled forthcoming EP – proving that there’s much more to her than your average digital-lover.
Autre Ne Veut
Debuting in 2010 with his self-titled album that gave nods to The Weeknd and How To Dress Well for its R&B and electro blend, Autre Ne Veut goes deep into his psyche with Anxiety. In the dancey single, “Counting,” Autre ne Veut pairs his earnest falsetto with a lush groove for a Timbaland esque club banger. At times with somewhat aliens sounds a la David Byrne, to enough upbeat bubblegum to please Katy Perry fans, it makes perfect sense that one of Autre Ne Veut’s biggest inspirations for his sound is karaoke- the unsung shower divas with their bars of soap in hand.
From the same New Zealand city as The Naked and Famous comes a sound to haunt your summers and surf your dreams. Ghost Wave’s debuted in 2012 with a self-titled EP of cleverly constructed collegiate garage pop with a moody late-August undertow. You could throw songs like “Hippy” and “Sounds” on along with all your other background noise lo-fi summer jams, but if you tuned in at the right moment something would make them pop out. Sooner or later they’d end up demanding your full-attention.
Josef Salvat is a mystery. His website is tight lipped, and his discography is nonexistent. To date, the London based, Australian-born singer made his only big Internet footprint with his impressively popular slow-mo track, “This Life.” At times, his whispery croons ooze sex, while other lines are pure melancholy. He sums it up well in his other single, “Hustler,” where he admits he’s got the the heart of a hustler with all the hustler’s shame. Honest, borderline bleak lyrics paired with haunting vocals and piano make our mystery man comparable to a pop friendly Morrissey.
And the winner is…