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Artist of the Week: Vote for Your Favorite

by Suzy Exposito | 82 days ago
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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:

Andrea Balency

24 year-old Andrea Balency has spent her life living all over the world, likely contributing to the fact that her music is so hard to pin down. The part-French, part-Mexican singer/musician grew up playing classical piano, and listening to both the traditional folkloric and burgeoning indie pop sounds of Mexico.

The Wytches

Brighton-based trio The Wytches keep their emotions as raw as their heavy surf riffs, rendering themselves more suitable for graveyards than garages. Having spent the past year teasing us with swampy singles such as “Beehive Queen” and “Gravedweller”, their upcoming full-length debut, Annabel Dream Reader is finally ready for mortal ears this August.

L-FRESH The LION

There’s something about L-FRESH The LION that feels comfortable. While we don’t all know what it’s like growing up Punjab in the suburbs of Sydney, the rapper’s stories of racism, classicism, and political negligence are guaranteed to hit home (wherever that is). In his recent video for “Survive,” the 25 year old cuts between shots of his local Sikh community and himself, asking everyone “in the place with me” to “put their fists in the air where they’re meant to be.”

Alvvays

Originally hailing from Canada’s Maritime provinces, they share not only the same climate and Celtic influences, but the same twee pop sensibilities as their Scottish counterparts an ocean away. Taking cues from Glasgow’s finest, including Camera Obscura and Belle and Sebastian, their upcoming debut LP wears like a charm bracelet; each song is a darling souvenir from disappointments past.

MKRNI

The Santiago based trio — comprised of Marcelo Peña, Sebastían Roman and Elisita Punto — have become known through their brand of lackadaisical, beachy beats, usually sprinkled in gleaming synth-work and luscious feminine vocals. They’ve always belonged to that rare breed of band that functions just as well in the club as in the living room.


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Battle Mundial: World Cup Music Digest 7/9

by Alexis Stephens | 84 days ago
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Throughout the 2014 World Cup, we will be celebrating the bond between music and the most popular sporting event in the world. Each day of the tournament, we will be selecting songs from each country playing. We want to help you get as hyped as humanly possible for the daily on-field drama.

Match 1: Netherlands vs. Argentina

Netherlands

The “boing boing boing boing” of hardstyle is some of the most brain splitting, ecstatic music out there and The Netherlands is the dance music subgenre’s mecca. Noisecontrollers’ anthem “Go High” is rousing enough to vault the Oranje into the World Cup finals. (For more on Dutch hardstyle, check out our recent festival report of the Defqon.1.)

This is from Saturday, but you can count on them watching today:

 

Argentina

What is more revered in Argentina: the World Cup Trophy or Pablo Lescano’s keytar? Damas Gratis’ cumbia villera might be the only thing that can counter Dutch hardstyle on the battlefield of cultural awesomeness:

In case you don’t know what a powerful thumbs up looks like:

 

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Battle Mundial: World Cup Music Digest 7/8

by Alexis Stephens | 86 days ago
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Throughout the 2014 World Cup, we will be celebrating the bond between music and the most popular sporting event in the world. Each day of the tournament, we will be selecting songs from each country playing. We want to help you get as hyped as humanly possible for the daily on-field drama.

Match 1: Brazil vs. Germany

Brazil

While this Populous isn’t Brazilian (it’s actually a project of Italian producer Andrea Mangia), the video for his new track “Brasilia” is a psychedelic jaunt through how the world imagines Brazil: romantic samba, feathered carnival revelers, lush Amazonia, hilltop abodes, and hip-shaking percussion. Without the heart of the team, Neymar, the team is going to have to dig deep into its resources. Most people are looking for Thiago Silva to step up, but I have a feeling that Fred might catch Germany by surprise.

Germany

Lee Bass from the duo Gato Preto is German-Ghanaian, while rapper Gata Misteriosa has roots in Mozambique and Portugal. That’s three teams they could have been repping. I don’t have any statistics in front of me, but this has to be one of the most multicultural World Cups ever, right? Beautifully tangled heritage and fruitful immigration is the name of the game. To celebrate that fact, here is the kuduro/global bass banger “Pirão”:

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Battle Mundial: World Cup Music Digest 7/5

by Alexis Stephens | 89 days ago
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Throughout the 2014 World Cup, we will be celebrating the bond between music and the most popular sporting event in the world. Each day of the tournament, we will be selecting songs from each country playing. We want to help you get as hyped as humanly possible for the daily on-field drama.

Match 1: Argentina vs. Belgium

Argentina

What’s more Argentine: Messi or tango? Forget that I asked, because you can have both today.  Bajofondo’s indie pop/electro-tango track “Cuesta Arriba” is a piquant appetizer to the first game of the day.

Belgium

Netsky’s “When Darkness Falls” hits you on in that beautiful pleasure center where soulful house meets drum and bass.

 

Match 2: Netherlands vs. Costa Rica

Netherlands

Instead of the Dutch national anthem, they should just pump Afrojack & Thirty Seconds To Mars — “Do Or Die” (Remix) into Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador. The video features the perfect amount of shirtless Jared Leto. Oh, the lulz. Oh, the glory.

Costa Rica

It’s been a break-out year for the Costa Rican football team, but also a break-out year for their pop scene. We’ve posted “Sunny Days” by Patterns a few times, so here’s the equally sparkly “Give Us The Love”:

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Artist of the Week: Vote For Your Favorite

by Suzy Exposito | 90 days ago
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Happy Friday (and Fourth of July for our U.S. readers)! You have until 11am EST next Friday to decide which of our new featured acts will win the next Artist of the Week poll! Choose from below:

Birdstriking

It’s hard out here for Beijing indie kids. After the 2012 shutdown of Beijing’s leading rock ‘n’ roll dive bar, D-22, Beijing’s alternative music scene turned way left of the dial, favoring avant-garde noise over the all-too formulaic consistency of four-piece rock bands. However, Birdstriking withstands the test of trendy scrutiny, toying with an array of sounds and textures, all the while retaining their punk rock edge.

Klangkarussel

Klangkarussell are enjoying the kind of indie dance success so many groups dream of. After being involved in the music world for a few years, the two producers found almost instant success and praise once they joined forces, and they are now climbing the ranks of the electronic world, DJing big festivals, charting singles across the globe, and signing big deals.

CLUBZ

Coco Santos and Orlando Fernandez aren’t trying to reinvent the wheel.  Their band Clubz owes a lot to 1980s new wave and bands like The Cure. The filtered singing, programmed claps, and echoing melodies on “Celebrando” make the track sound like a Spanish-dubbed soundtrack to a lost reel of Sixteen Candles

Marmozets

Kicking and flailing their way onto the math rock scene, the UK’s female-fronted Marmozets have managed to get a solid crack in at its dude-centric glass ceiling. The two sets of siblings first joined musical forces for a high school competition. Three years later, Marmozets are one of the most aggressive, fantastic bands in this year’s Vans Warped Tour.

Kid Astray

Oslo 6-piece Kid Astray are absolutely gushing with a wholly contagious variety. But they haven’t only mastered the lighthearted side of pop —they’ve figured out how to inject their infectious tunes with simple but tried-and-true wisdom, too. It’s an astonishing skill, especially considering how young this bunch is. 


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Battle Mundial: World Cup Music Digest 7/4

by Alexis Stephens | 90 days ago
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Throughout the 2014 World Cup, we will be celebrating the bond between music and the most popular sporting event in the world. Each day of the tournament, we will be selecting songs from each country playing. We want to help you get as hyped as humanly possible for the daily on-field drama.

Match 1: France vs. Germany

France

Quarterfinals! There’s only more heartbreak ahead for seven of the eight remaining squads. My advice is for Les Bleus to put on their headphones and crank up the vampyr club techno of Gesaffelstein’s “Pursuit”:

 

Germany

Perera Elsewhere’s “Bizarre” is pretty much the polar opposite of Gesaffelstein. The quiet moodiness of the track can help The Team get a little zen (and possibly, a little weird):

 

Match 2: Brazil vs. Colombia

Brazil

As MTV Iggy contributor Boima Tucker notes in his roundup of Brazilian acts you should be paying attention to, Psirico is only contemporary Brazilian artist to make the official FIFA album. The Bahian’s carnival anthem ”Lepo Lepo” is one of the hugest songs in the country this year:

 

Colombia

Esteman’s “De Otra Planeta” is chill reggae-inspired pop. In an interview with us last year, he commented that the song was about “my way of thinking, I feel like I’m from another planet, and its great there are other people like me too.” Colombia’s team has been playing out-of-this-world all tournament:

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Battle Mundial: World Cup Edition 7/1

by Alexis Stephens | 93 days ago
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Throughout the 2014 World Cup, we will be celebrating the bond between music and the most popular sporting event in the world. Each day of the tournament, we will be selecting songs from each country playing. We want to help you get as hyped as humanly possible for the daily on-field drama.

Match 1: Argentina vs. Switzerland

Argentina 

Paula Duró’s prints have long accented Chancha Via Circuito’s releases as well as fliers and prints associated with the ZZK label.  Check out some of her work here. With effects by Mariela Bond, Duró masterfully animates a wondrous, folkloric, woman-centric starry land in the video for “Coplita.” This video is a front-runner to win the World Cup of music videos (near and dear to my heart) this year:

Switzerland

It’s a battle of magical realism versus surrealism in today’s playlist. Swiss-German group Boy were inspired by early surrealist films, like Un Chien Andalou, in their video for “Oh Boy”:

 

Match 1: United States vs. Belgium

United States

There are aspects of American fandom that are undeniably cringe-worthy. Alexi Lalas stars in this tongue-in-cheek take on a United States soccer anthem from The Soccer Gods:

Belgium

When Belgium played their first match, we posted the trailer for Stromae’s anthem to the Red Devils, “Ta Fête.” The official video is out! And it’s EPIC!

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Battle Mundial: World Cup Music Digest 6/30

by Alexis Stephens | 93 days ago
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Throughout the 2014 World Cup, we will be celebrating the bond between music and the most popular sporting event in the world. Each day of the tournament, we will be selecting songs from each country playing. We want to help you get as hyped as humanly possible for the daily on-field drama.

Match 1: France vs. Nigeria

France

Dom La Nena is France-meets-Brazil incarnate. The Brazilian-born cellist/singer/songwriter moved to France when she was eight. “Sambinha” is a little samba tune that has that has that breathy, oh-so-French je ne sais quoi:

Nigeria

“Fly Like the Eagles” is an anthem with super strength to cheer on the underdogs. Ice Prince, Seyi Shay, Dammy Krane and Sasha P all jumped on the track:

Match 2: Germany vs. Algeria

Germany

Germany should be able to win if they stay focused and healthy. Alt-R&B singer DENA’s “Bad Timing” could be a bit of a foreboding pick, to be honest. At least she shares her relationship woes to the world in front of a soccer field:

Algeria

Zaho is one of the biggest singers in Algeria. Her song ”Divisés” is about the ravages of colonialism. Even though it’s about divisions, sometimes cheering on a country means examining the ugly along with the beautiful.

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