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Artist of the Week: Vote for Your Favorite!

by MTV Iggy | 41 days ago
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Check out these five fascinating artists from around the world and vote for your favorite before next Friday at 11am EST!

September Girls

On their spellbinding debut album, Dublin’s September Girls rarely let on that they house four separate singer-songwriters. The five-piece threads ’60s girl group vocals with goth-inspired jangle pop and each of the songs glides through every fuzzy bass note and Farfisa organ backdrop with steady ease. Their music videos match up visually too, in part because of the stylish black attire worn by Sarah Grimes (drums), Lauren Kerchner (vocals/keyboard), Jessie Ward (vocals/guitar), Caoimhe Derwin (vocals/guitar) and Paula Cullen (vocals/bass).

Lifafa

Suryakant Sawhney is a New Delhi-based electronic music artist who performs under the name Lifafa (Urdu for “envelope”). He’s a relative newcomer to beat production, having played the guitar or other non-laptop-based music in bands like PCRC (Peter Cat Recording Co.) until he became entranced by the twilight grooves of offbeat dubstep artist James Blake in his his travels to Europe and the United States. Lifafa’s music hovers in the zone of many other post-Blake artists, but strays to reaches as upbeat as lo-fi disco, as cerebral as IDM, and as reflective as ambient.

Tove Lo

Tove Lo isn’t Ke$ha. Sure the songs of her debut EP Truth Serum are all about drugs, boys, and heartbreak. (Not necessarily in that order.) But reality hangs heavy around Lo’s glitter-encrusted, radio-ready tunes. What happens when a pop princess takes a tumble—and realizes that the hard fall is all her fault? For Lo the answer is getting high, going to sex clubs, and then throwing up, all in the name of numbing the pain.The good news is that while the lows are harrowing, the highs are euphoric. “I’m up with the kites in a dream so blue,” she croons against the slinky backbeat of “Paradise.”

Supaman

Hailing from the Crow Nation, Native American champion dancer and MC SupaMan infuses the best of the ‘90s New York hip-hop style with auditory collages that reflect the rich heritage of the Apsaalooké people. Alongside samples of Biggie Smalls, SupaMan envelopes his verses in layers of sound, like drums, bells, and even bird calls. Spitting clever wordplays with a gritty delivery, he skips and jumps from quip to quip, inducing both laughter and thought-provoking reflections on issues like racism and drug abuse. But he’s not afraid to reveal his sensitive side, whether it’s by inviting a choir of children to sing on “LiL Love”, or by praising God, his wife and kids. He may bust some hard-hitting bars, but he’s as much a humble family man as he is SupaMan.

Wrathprayer

Let’s venture to Chile and step into the womb of Wrathprayer, where we’ll hear sounds fit for a Lovecraftian ritual. Their 2012 debut, The Son of Moloch, shows us that Chilean death metal is nothing to mess around with — unless, of course, we’re ready for its sinister and murky chaos. Wrathprayer execute flawlessly what many others fail to do, and that’s combine nausea-inducing production with defined instrumentation. Vocals take the back road here, but only in terms of prominence. The growls echo ominously over oppressive waves of distortion. Each instrument packs maximum punch in a dense mix. The result is a drapery of pulsing riffs — a total envelopment into the blackness from which all of this seems to emanate.



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PREMIERE: The Skints Feat. Jovel — “Break Me Down”

by Joseph JP Patterson | 41 days ago
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The Skints are “east London reggae” through and through. For the last ten years, Marcia Richards, Joshua Waters Rudge, Jamie Kyriakides, and Jonathan Doyle have toured Europe extensively with their eclectic fusion of Jamaican music styles, pop hooks, hip-hop, and heavy bass. They dropped a couple of albums and EPs along the way, too, yet you still might not have a clue.

Well, on March 31, the British band are hoping to top-up their notoriety with the release of a new three-track EP entitled Short Change. “Break Me Down,” which we’re premiering here at MTV IGGY, is the project’s standout. It nods heavily towards reggae’s golden era of the late ‘60s/early ‘70s, but things are kept super fresh with a special guest verse from guitar-loving grime bar specialist, Jovel (Random Impulse). One for the upcoming summer days, stream “Break Me Down” in full down below.

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Audio Monsters UK Are Up To “Trouble”

by Joseph JP Patterson | 42 days ago
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Is it me, or does every week present one more new house and garage act looking a piece of Disclosure’s pie? I’m not complaining, though; the competition out there is sounding hella good! Up next, we have new south London four-piece, Audio Monsters UK. Made up of two DJs, two producers, AM-UK’s central aim is to “crash the London streets” with their So Solid Crew, MJ Cole, and Wookie-influenced sound, and “remind everyone of the early 2000s garage movement.”

Well, from listening to their new number, “Trouble,” they seem to be on the right track. With dramatic, orchestral soundscapes weaving through its upbeat 2-step, and the underpinning gruff soul vocals of newcomer, D/C, “Trouble” almost has a cinematic feel to it. Like, I could totally hear this in the background of one of those UK urban/street flicks. Stream this little gem below, and get clued-up on the new wave of garage—sharpish.

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Pompeya Is in Love’s Orbit on “Satellite”

by Peneliope Richards | 42 days ago
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Pompeya’s latest single “Satellite” has uses a xylophone-like effect to evoke the feeling of being at the beach. Although beaches are pretty relaxing, ocean waves can be temperamental … just like love. In the lyrics, the Russian indie pop band details a love that is powerful enough to orbit the earth and strong enough to break a heart in this track. Check this tender first taste of their upcoming EP Night.

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PREMIERE: Virus Syndicate Look To “The Sky”

by Joseph JP Patterson | 43 days ago
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On March 31, Virus Syndicate—aka The Grime Outsiders—will top off a great month of music releases by unleashing their new LP, The Swarm. Out through their Midication Recordings label, most of the 17-track offering has exactly what you’d expect from the Manchester-based quartet: whip-smart rhyme schemes, taut flows, and big, dirty, stinking bass. However, on last cut “The Sky,” which we’re premiering at MTV IGGY today, they surprisingly switch up the format from in-ya-face, to laid-back and introspective.

Featuring Mr Hudson-like vocals on the hook, and deep, trippy bass work from London’s Son Of Kick, “The Sky” is essentially about “aiming and achieving what is deemed unachievable or unrealistic when raised in a society that lacks in hope and promise,” as frontman Nika D explains. It includes a frais verse from French rapper GREMS, too. Undoubtedly the album’s standout, listen to Virus Syndicate in deep thought on “The Sky” below.

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The Heatwave Made A SXSW 2014 Mixtape

by Joseph JP Patterson | 43 days ago
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London-based bashment outfit, The Heatwave, are champions of the UK dancehall. But you knew that already, didn’t you? Kicking off tonight at the Official SXSW Showcase in The 512 Bar, Gabriel Heatwave, Benjamin D, and Rubi Dan will be giving SXSW party-goers a taste of the Caribbean via London in Texas, with one of their bruk-out-inducing, sweat-on-the-wall sets. The Heatwave are set to play another three days following. But, for those unable to make any, here’s a 15-track Texas Carnival mixtape from the trio for you to willie bounce at home to:

Tracklist:
1. Ninjaman – Border Clash (The Heatwave Special)
2. Serani – No Games
3. Konshens – Gal A Bubble
4. Konshens – Stop Sign
5. Aidonia – Bruki
6. Alison Hinds – Roll It Gal (Shelshok Remix)
7. Busy Signal & Major Lazer – Bumaye
8. Stylo G – Call Mi A Yardie (The Heatwave Refix)
9. Beenie Man, Future Fambo & Busta Rhymes – Rum & Red Bull (Remix)
10. Beenie Man – I’m OK
11. Khago – Nah Sell Out
12. Popcaan, Konshens & Stylo G – Look Right Through (The Heatwave Refix)
13. Natasja & Enur – Calabria
14. Bunji Garlin & Busta Rhymes – Differentology (Remix)
15. Chronixx – Smile Jamaica

SXSW Schedule:
Official SXSW Showcase at 512 Bar | 9pm on Wed 12 Mar
LargeUp x Rice & Peas at Empire Patio | 12-5pm on Wed 12 March
Mixpak x Trouble & Bass at Barcelona | 11pm on Sat 15 Mar
Tormenta Tropical x Peligrosa at Chupacabra | 12.30am on Sat 15 Mar

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GD and CL’s Skrillex Collab Gets an Early Debut

by Corynn Smith | 44 days ago
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Ready to jump on something dirty? American electronic music artist and Grammy-holder Skrillex isn’t scheduled to drop his Recess album for another week, but he gifted fans with streaming access to this week via his ‘Alien Ride‘ game app. A few of the 11 previewed tracks have since been ripped and let loose on the web, leading to “Dirty Vibe” ft. G-Dragon and CL appearing on the YG-Life blog earlier than originally scheduled.

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