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:
Riding atop a wave of overdrive and everyday teen ennui, this band of brothers is one of LA’s most exciting exports. Made up of Mikaiah Lei and Anaiah Lei, the duo recorded their first release at the ages of 15 and 12. Since then they’ve graced the stages at Coachella, the Vans Warped Tour and Afropunk; and this fall, they’re unleashing more garagey SoCal grooves with the release of their full-length debut on FADER Label, Pink Palms.
Known for his expertise in amalgamating music that maps all corners of the world, this globetrotting DJ and producer isn’t afraid to shine a spotlight and mix anything from New Orleans brass, samba arpeggio samples, deep global bass fusions, to Cuban son. It’s in his adventurous cuts that Captain Planet draws international appeal. Following his successful 2011 debut Cookin’ Gumbo, he’s gearing up to release a sophomore LP, entitled Esperanto Slang (out October 7th via Bastard Jazz Recordings).
This Australian bunch seesaws between absurdities and a lazy, anti-everything sentiment that suggests they’ve got it all figured out. Pretty much everything’s a bummer, so why bother, right? Originally formed as a synth-and-drums two-some in 2011, it wasn’t until their second LP Amusements that Jake Robertson and Billy Gardner added a bassist (Marc Dean) and guitarist (Shaun Connor). They’re a touch less juvenile on their latest, Order of Operation, out late September on Goner and in October on hometown label Aarght.
Since its inception, MASA is destined for greatness. Formed by Didi Gutman, (leader and founder of Brazilian Girls) and Hector Castillo (producer of Gustavo Cerati, David Bowie, Lou Reed, Roger Waters, and Bjork), this innovative dream team dazzled critics on the blogosphere a few weeks back when they dropped “Los Pinos,” a seminal track with hypnotic keyboard riffs, shoulder swaying-induced mid-tempos, and dissonant, electrifying power cords that backdrop to the raspy-yet-mystique vocals of Didi.
Appropriately self-dubbed as “janky pop” (a play on the jangle-pop genre popularized in the ’80s), Twerps made their full-length debut in 2011 after releasing a handful of 7-inches and EPs in the years prior. Since then, they’ve maintained the same uniquely charming formula: interplay of sweet but sort of deadpan female-male vocals, and a chorus that clashes ever-so-slightly.