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Artist of the Week: Vote for Your Favorite

by Suzy Exposito | 89 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!

Fredy Massamba

Fredy Massamba grew up listening to James Brown and Otis Redding as much as he did Congolese musical legends like Franco and Tabu Ley. He took those sounds with him when he escaped to Belgium in 1998, as the civil war at home worsened. Since then, through his 10-odd years touring with the likes of Zap Mama and Awadi, through his solo debut Ethnophony, to his lauded sophomore release Makasi, Fredy has remained close to his roots even as he pushes them into the modern-day.

Alkaloides

Due to the vivaciousness of their garage/indie sound, Alkaloides topped our list of under-the-radar indie acts in Ecuador last year. Their early single “Ella Viene del Futuro” ensnares you in its grip and keeps you happily dancing and humming along. If  we were radio programmer at an alternative rock station anywhere in the world, their songs would instantly make our rotation. You could hear new single “Degenerar” while driving on a long road trip and then not mind hearing it again if it was playing in the lobby of a rest stop. You’d go, “Oh, yeah. I love this song.”

Fear Of Men

What started out as a short film project by lead guitarist/vocalist Jessica Weiss became a full-fledged musical act. Joined by fellow guitarist Daniel Falvey and drummer Michael Miles, Weiss leads a poetic sojourn into the murky trenches of agonizing, obsessive love in their latest album, Loom. Their featherweight, surf pop sensibility combined with echoes of brassy noise underlines the dark, otherworldly lyrics. Weiss’ chilling admissions, wrapped in a silky vapor trail of reverb, add an ominous element to the beauty of her voice.

Carbon Airways

The teenage brother and sister team that make up Carbon Airways is one of the most fearless young acts in recent memory. Singing melodically over earthquake beats and industrial-fused synth is Eléonore Fernese, who periodically shares the mic with the passionate shouts from sibling Engus. They both command the stage like seasoned experts, while adding an urgent feel to such tracks as the synth-driven “Black Sun” and the trance-like “You Walk Away,” the title cut off the Airways’ latest EP.

Uhnellys

With their unlikely blend of drums, live instrumental loops and aggressive rhymes, Uhnellys have become one of Tokyo’s coolest live bands. The duo’s recent album Chord is their best yet, squishing all that incendiary vitality into a lean nine cuts that demands repeated spins. Hip-hop, rock, jazz, funk — any genre with a strong beat is thrown into the mix and turned up loud.


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Artist of the Week: Emmy Gee

by Suzy Exposito | 89 days ago
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Congratulations to the bombastic, Johannesburg-based MC Emmy Gee for becoming our new Artist of the Week! This up-and-comer has more to brag about than buckets of cash– he’s opened for superstars Kendrick Lamar and Big Sean, gradually making his way into the big leagues. If you haven’t caught his decadent single, “RANDS and NAIRAS” yet, here’s your golden opportunity:

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Artist of the Week: Vote for Your Favorite

by Suzy Exposito | 96 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!

Füete Billëte

Füete Billete aren’t strangers to Puerto Rico’s music scene. Comprised of members Pepper Kilo, Beibi Johnson and Freebass, the hip-hop trio surfaced in the early part of 2013, although its members had been active in music long before that.  All together, they’ve been part of nearly a dozen musical projects in their native country — some as performers, some as producers and some as touring members — including Davila 666, Calle 13 and Ciencia Fixion.

Emmy Gee

Emmanuel Nwankwo has currency from two of the most influential countries in Africa: Nigeria and South Africa. He’s got the literal kind — the paper stuff you use to make it rain while chilling in mansions and convertibles — and the social kind. As rapper/singer Emmy Gee, he’s advancing hip-hop culture in both places. Emmy Gee is still an up-and-comer with only a few singles under his belt, but with ”Rands & Nairas” and a couple of appearances opening for Kendrick Lamar and Big Sean, he’s one to watch.

Gossling

It’s extremely likely that Gossling’s appearance on Australian rapper 360’s 2011 hit, “Boys Like You,” was what led Woolworths to, a year later, pick the Melbourne-based artist for an ad campaign showcasing in which she covered the big band classic “Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday (I Love You).” But that’s not all she’s about. When Harvest of Gold, her first long-player, was presented to Australia last fall, it became ever-so-clear that Gossling’s personal aesthetic was something else altogether.

Sylvan Esso

Neither Amelia Randall Meath nor Nicholas Sanborn were on the prowl for a new project when Sylvan Esso (named after a character in the video game Swords & Sorcery) began to take shape. Meath was doing just fine with Mountain Man. Meanwhile Sanborn was keeping busy dropping the beat with his electronic project, Made of Oak. That is, until Meath asked Sanborn to remix a track she had written called “Play it Right,” and something magic happened.

Campo-Formio

Here Comes Campo-Formio couldn’t be a better name for the first LP from the legendary San Juan post-punk band. It’s more than a title; it’s a battle cry, an announcement that they’ve arrived and are ready for world domination. As a three piece, Campo-Formio’s music and musicianship are as tight as they can get; recognizable for its weird guitar breakdowns, technical, albeit creative drumming and sick bass lines that stick like an old ice cream cone melting in the sidewalk under an obnoxiously bright Caribbean sun.


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PREMIERE: Cilantro Boombox — “Fears Away”

by Alexis Stephens | 99 days ago
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Cilantro is one of the liveliest and most aromatic garnishes. Austin’s Cilantro Boombox doles out Latin-Caribbean-Texan freshness the same way the herb does. Today we’re premiering their newest track, “Fears Away,” a song about temporarily pushing your troubles aside and diving hips-first into a ska/reggae groove.

For four years, Venezuelan bassist/DJ/producer Félix Pacheco and saxophonist/flutist Joe Woullard have been reinterpreting the flavors of the city alongside bandmates Zumbi Richards, Andrés Villegas,  Eduardo Torres, Joshua Thomson, and Nico Sanchez. For that reason, the city of Austin has proclaimed May 1 “Cilantro Boombox Day.” To celebrate, the band will also be performing in Austin on April 29 at Stubbs Indoors and May 2 at The Gypsy Lounge. Even if you can’t catch them live, you can still enjoy the sun-kissed flute, anxiety-easing horns, and uplifting lyrics of “Fears Away.”

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Artist of the Week: Vote for Your Favorite

by Suzy Exposito | 103 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!

Brain F≠ 

Once in a while, a band catapults itself from the least likely (or really, more overlooked) corners of the world, shifting the gaze of punk fans and hocking a ginormous loogie into our eyes as if to say “It’s about time you noticed.” That pretty much sums up the entire essence of Charlotte’s own Brain F≠The band runs through their latest LP, Empty Set, with a consistently raw power, combining the proto-punk rock ‘n’ roll stylings of Ann Arbor in 1969 and the hardcore fury of D.C. in 1981. 

Fantasmes

As most great origin stories go, the tale of how Fantasmes became such a force to be reckoned with is one with many twists and a short turn. It began as Mario Negrón’s project when he self-released his debut EP The Reveller. He recruited fellow scene musicians Darío Morales, Daniel Sierra and Juan Arroyo (ex-Dandy and the Walkers) for the live act and the rest is strange, psychedelic history.

BFlecha

There’s something to say about BFlechas’s unabashed flouting of genres. In her debut full-length, βeta, the galician songstress dabbles everywhere from synthwave to R&B, house and 2-step in a way that’s highly studied while dodging pretension. It is pop in the purest sense, rooted in Spain’s own rich tradition — namely ’80s-era new wave — yet poised and persistent in its resolve to push things forward.

Broken Twin

After spending three years working on another musical project with her best friend,  Majke Voss Romme gradually found herself as a solo artist, releasing her debut single last November. Self-produced and stitched together from hundreds of mini demos recorded over the past three years, her debut album, May, is a super minimalist collection of songs somehow filled by vast spaces between notes and Romme’s lonesome voice.

Household

DIY punkers Household avoided the sophomore slump with Elaines, their acerbic follow-up to Items. These six songs sound off like a volley of eye-rolls at the mundanities of existence. Household utilized every crevice of this twelve minute EP. There is no room for filler, and each song is integral to the next, with things growing more tensely wound and jittery as it progresses. Talya Cooper’s pensive and sardonic lyrics bounce between the sturdy bass lines and taut, punchy drums, creating a muted minimalist punk soundscape.


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PREMIERE: Conducta — “Let Go”

by Joseph JP Patterson | 106 days ago
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We’ll have less of that “old skool garage” talk around here! It’s a new day, and there’s a new school of UK garage stars who are waiting patiently in the wings. Based in Bristol, England, Conducta is a UKG 2.0 top-performing student; a producer whose punchy, percussive 2-step treats have been building up quite the momentum from the underground-up recently, he’ll drop his Let Go/Used To Care EP slap-bang in the middle of said buzz on April 28, via London’s DPM Records.

Today, MTV IGGY has the pleasure of premiering the lead cut off the beatsmith’s forthcoming three-track set. Using a delicate sample of Brandy’s “Almost Doesn’t Count” (and an opening thirty-second vocal snippet of early Craig), Conducta’s whomping bassline, 2-step kicks, snares and subtle guitar plucks give “Let Go” the potential to slip into the roles of club heavy-hitter, and perfect-singalong-jam-for-the-spring-clean-sessions, quite easily. Stream “Let Go” here exclusively, until your heart’s content:

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