Infinite x MTV K First Showcase

MTV iggy BLOG

blog

Listen: Electric Punanny – “Rosa Caleta”

by MTV Iggy | 63 days ago
Comment

Electric Punanny has been running one of NYC’s hottest monthly parties for over four years now, pairing the swagger of Jamaican dancehall with hard-hitting electronica. So it only makes sense that the duo of Jasmine Solano and MeLo-X would step into the studio every now and then to drop something of their own design for their next party (or yours).

Insert “Rosa Caleta,” the latest production endeavor from the duo. Cut immediately after an appearance at Berlin’s Chester club and named after their favorite Berlin-based Jamaican restaurant by the same name, the duo described the track as an ode to the German capital. Much like the eclectic array of sounds found at their parties, the track is an infectious mash of global bass reimagined through a jungle-infused beat with an airy-techno swing.

The group promises more productions like “Rosa Caleta” in the near future so stay tuned. —Words by Saxon Baird 

Read More
blog

Listen: Breton – “Titan”

by MTV Iggy | 64 days ago
Comment

On November 10, Breton will release a deluxe edition of their album War Room Stories via Cut Tooth. The expanded album will include eleven new tracks, including never before heard tune, “Titan.” Filled with bouncing synths, tropical beats, and cooed choruses, it bodes well for what’s to come. Listen to the Antoine Gaillet co-produced track below. —Words by Laura Studarus

Read More
blog

PREMIERE: Watch the New Video for Niña Dioz’ “Alquimista”

by Isabela Raygoza | 65 days ago
Comment

“I turn pain into art,” professes the goddess of underground rap Niña Dioz in her newest single “Alquimista,” produced by LA’s Luney Tunez (Rihanna, Future). True to her badass style, the self-proclaimed alchemist and Monterrey native hits us with her hardest verses yet, lyrically disclosing how the magic happens to spark her creative, dope flow. The track rolls on reverberating bass and an addictive, high pitched keyboard loop that evokes classic West Coast hip-hop.

Today we proudly unveil the music video for “Alquimista,” charged with Niña Dioz’ steamy confidence and that minty cool attitude that we just can’t get enough of.

Read More
blog

Follow FEMM’s Tokyo Takeover on MTV 81

by Beverly Bryan | 66 days ago
Comment

We’re pretty into FEMM’s whole deal over here. That’s Far East Mention Mannequins, the high-concept electro duo behind the life giving “Fxxk Boys Get Money.” After seeing the latex wrapped, breathtakingly robotic twerking in the video for that one, we’d follow these two self-reportedly plastic provocateurs anywhere they were going.

Naturally, we were filled with squee when we found out they were going on a tour of all of Tokyo’s most fascinating hangouts and hotspots via our friends at MTV 81. First stop on FEMM’s Tokyo Takeover, a tour of cult cafés and restaurants. (This rabbit hole goes way deeper than maid cafes, kids.) Yes, please, take us with you.

Gaze upon the wonders of Ninja Akasaka and watch MTV 81 for more FEMM-tastic adventures.

Read More
blog

Artist of the Week: Vote For Your Favorite!

by Suzy Exposito | 69 days ago
Comment

Who was your favorite featured artist this week? You have until 11am EST next Friday to cast your vote for the next Artist of the Week! Choose between the following:

Sırma

Sırma’s latest EP titled Instincts is like a relic out of a mythical Mediterranean land that atmospherically weaves Turkish folk instrumentation with the 24-year-old’s hypnotic, reverberating vocals. When the ambient electronic beats come in, you ask whether this 4-track EP is an anachronism or if time and space don’t really matter when you listen to Sırma.

Mere Women

Actually made up of two women and one man, Mere Women transcend the humility of their name, even if it is a tongue-in-cheek jab at the patriarchy. They march to the cleverly syncopated beat of the drums, churn out eerie synth melodies and sign each bar with angular scribbles of guitar. The punky, baroque-flavored uncertainty that colored their 2012 debut, Old Life, is more carefully distilled with a stony discipline in their latest release, Your Town.

Kaleo

With dirt under their fingernails and the northern lights reflecting in their eyes, Iceland’s Kaleo plays the kind of grimy rock that flies in the face of their country’s penchant for all things ambient/ethereal. Sure they cando soft and pretty. (See: To Emma, Forever Ago-worthy track, “All the Pretty Girls.”) But the Mosfellsbær-based quartet is more about guitars riffs of every flavor than cooed choruses. Blues? Check. Country? Oh yeah. Rock? Of course — they’ve got that too.

Troye Sivan

Troye Sivan is that guy that you know you know. Hint: have you ever seen X-Men Origins: Wolverine? Yup, that’s him as James Howlett. He also has one of the most visited YouTube channels in Australia. But despite all his success in the visual world, the 19 year-old now has his claws in a different role — moody electronic singer-songwriter. The South Africa born/Australia-based musician’s debut EP TRXYE will go a long way toward reminding fans that, in addition to appearances on screens large and small, Sivan also possesses some formable pipes.

Mechanimal

If you like your riot-inspired post-punk buried in the underbelly of industrial drone, then pack up your ski mask and black lipstick, because we’re going to Greece. The trio of bearded, beefy men is back with a ferocious and angrier concept album called Secret Science, their second LP out today. It has the melodic, prog soundscape of Mars Volta with and the frenetic, punk energy of Joy Division. They’ve dubbed their specialty brew “drone ‘n’ roll.”


Read More
blog

LA’s Girlpool Announce Tour Dates with Jenny Lewis

by Suzy Exposito | 70 days ago
Comment

Comprised solely of Cleo Tucker on guitar and Harmony Tividad on bass, Los Angeles indie duo Girlpool have caused a stir in the music world with their stripped-down and subversive ballads on love, friendship and sexual politics. Fans of Marine Girls, The Raincoats and ’60s garage groups in general will revel in their upcoming debut self-titled EP. The EP is set for release on November 18th via Wichita Recordings.

Girlpool have also announced the expansion of their fall tour, including some dates with singer-songwriter Jenny Lewis (Rilo Kiley, The Watson Twins). Listen to their latest single, “Blah Blah Blah,” and check out their tour dates below:

TOUR DATES

10/10 – Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg +
10/17 – Philadelphia, PA @ Hazzard Hall $
10/18 – Brooklyn, NY @ Death By Audio $
10/19 – Brooklyn, NY @ Silent Barn $
10/20 – Annandale-on-Hudson, NY @ Bard College $
10/23 – Brooklyn, NY @ Death By Audio ^
10/22 – Brooklyn, NY @ Glasslands Gallery
10/23 – Brooklyn, NY @ Death By Audio
10/24 – Brooklyn, NY @ Silent Barn %
10/28 – Purchase, NY @ SUNY Purchase #
11/5 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5 ~
11/6 – Westbury, NY @ The Space ~
11/7 – Northampton, MA @ Calvin Theatre ~
11/8 – Ithaca, NY @ State Theatre ~
11/14 – Brighton, UK @ The Hope
11/15 – Glasgow, UK @ Bar Bloc
11/16 – Sunderland, UK @ Pop Records (Free In-Store)
11/17 – London, UK @ Shacklewell Arms
11/18 – London, UK @ Rough Trade West (Free In-Store)
11/19 – London, UK @ Sebright Arms &
11/23 – Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club
11/24 – Paris, FR @ Cafe Charbon (Free Show)
12/1 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo *
12/8 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo *
12/15 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo *
12/22 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo *

~ = w/ Jenny Lewis
+ = w/ Kera and the Lesbians
$ = w/ Slutever
^ = KXLU CMJ Showcase
% = Father/Daughter CMJ Showcase
# = w/ Free Cake For Every Creature and Adult Mom
& = w/ Alex G
* = The Echo residency

Read More
blog

Hatsune Miku (and Friends) Put on a Very Real Show at Magical Mirai

by MTV Iggy | 71 days ago
Comment

Americans already heard a little about Hatsune Miku earlier this year when the digital pop singer opened for Lady Gaga, but they can expect more in October, though just how the digital avatar for the singing-synthesizer software Vocaloid gets portrayed by the media remains to be seen. The first ever US installments of the Hatsune Miku Expo, an event devoted entirely to the aqua-haired character, ending in a live show by the holographic singer, happen on October 11 and 12 in Los Angeles and October 17 and 18 in New York. The biggest happening, though, comes a little earlier, when Miku makes her television debut on The Late Show with David Letterman on October 8, reaching a larger audience than ever before.

Considering that news stations Stateside turned Miku’s first concerts in Japan nearly four years ago into a “look at how weird Japan is!” segment, it is totally within the realm of possibility that her appearance on Letterman is going to become a gawked-at event. This premonition made visiting the Magical Mirai concert in Tokyo on September 20, a show devoted solely to Miku and other holographic Vocaloid performers, all the more revealing. Following a show in Osaka several weeks before, the Tokyo leg felt like a totally normal Japanese concert — hundreds of fans crowding outside the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium, many lined up to buy merchandise and, once inside, they pumped glow sticks back and forth like they would at most live shows. It felt like a regular, high-profile show.

Rin and Len share the stage at Magical Mirai/Photo courtesy of Crypton Future Media

It wasn’t quite, though. This still was a show focused on non-human performers. There were flesh-and-bone beings on stage in the form of a band and, at the start, two dancers who performed to chaotic brostep. But all attention was on the holographic names, especially Miku, who performed notable Vocaloid songs from an array of well-known producers. She opened Magical Mirai playing guitar, every chord change rendered in great detail on the big screens positioned to the side of the stage. From there, she dashed through all styles of Vocaloid music, touching on hyperactive bleep-bloop pop (“Nijigen Dream Fever”) to ocean-themed ballads.

With a few exceptions — Miku’s ability to change clothes instantly from song to song, her ability to dissolve into the air after a dance — Magical Mirai presented its unreal performers in a very real way. This was especially true up in the nosebleed seats — from near the rafters of Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium, Miku looked like an average-sized performer dancing around the stage. It felt like an average J-pop concert by a top-tier performer: fans swayed along to the dramatic balladry of “Glow” while Miku sang in front of a stand-alone microphone, and the audience waved their glow sticks in time with Miku’s own fist pumps on “Karakuri Piero.”

The show wasn’t just Miku’s to command; Magical Mirai also made time for other notable Vocaloid characters to take the stage. These included the blonde-haired pair Rin and Len, who led the crowd in various waves during the mid-tempo “Suki Kirai,” who came out later in the evening to help Miku with the livelier “Shake It!” The pink-haired Luka performed the driving “Hello Worker” and also joined Miku for a duet, while one of the few pre-Miku Vocaloid characters, Meiko, came out to sing a lounge-leaning number.

Even though time was carved out for others, the focus was on Miku and her digi-voice. She appeared in 18 of Magical Mirai’s 25 songs, and the highlights of the night were all notable songs performed by her. The dizzying electropop of “Weekender Girl” had the crowd bobbing along to every electric swish, while Miku executed choreography straight from the music video. The mood was far more subdued for the slow-burning “Last Night, Good Night,” the strongest ballad at the concert. Nothing approached the reaction to Miku’s signature song “Tell Your World,” however. That song, with its build up to an electric boom come the chorus, inspired the sold-out crowd to sing along loudly, the one time the fans’ voices matched that of Miku’s.

Like most human-helmed shows, Magical Mirai included an encore, Miku materializing back on stage for three songs, culminating in the fuzzy mid-tempo rock of “39,” a song originally written for her fifth anniversary (she’s now been around for seven years). Time will tell how her forthcoming American time in the late-night spotlight will go, but her recent Tokyo celebration confirmed her place in the J-pop scene: Fans, ranging from toddlers decked out in her wardrobe to older men with their own glow stick routines, regard her not as a novelty, but as a top performer. —Words by Patrick St. Michel

Read More
blog

Win Tickets to See Calle 13 in San Francisco!

by Suzy Exposito | 71 days ago
Comment

We know our Iggy fam likes loves Calle 13. Like, a lot. That’s why we’re offering our Twitter followers a chance to see the iconoclastic hip-hop duo live during their five city US tour. This time, we’re giving away tickets to see Residente and Visitante at The Warfield in San Francisco on Friday, October 10.

To score tickets, all you have to do is follow MTV Iggy on Twitter (unless you are one of the awesome people who already follow us), retweet our tweet about the contest and then tweet your favorite Calle 13 lyric at us. One winner will be chosen at random.

You have from now until 12pm on Thursday, October 9th to win! The winner will be announced shortly after.

Read More