Thank some higher power that it’s Friday! Which also means it’s time for our next Artist of the Week poll. You have until 11am EST next Friday to cast your vote and choose the best of of this week’s featured artists. Choose from:
Sante Les Amis music has all the makings for one of those euphoric Volkswagen car commercials — syncopated handclaps, whistling and feel good electro-rock music. Hailing from Montevideo, Uruguay, Sante Les Amis is a five-piece whose music feels familiar, but different enough to be memorable. Most of their songs are sung in Spanish and reveal a plethora of influences from reggae to punk and disco, creating a bombastic dance fusion we can get on board with.
Cakes Da Killa dons a pink flower crown on the cover of his 2013 mixtape Eulogy a la Chiara di Blasio. The image projects an air of royalty and chastity when ironically the Jersey-based rapper is all about raunch, real talk, and the turn up. Rap might start off as a type of defensive mechanism for many aspiring artists regardless of background. As Cakes explained in a recent interview, “I started rapping as a joke in high school just to make fun of straight guys, and then it sort of just become a running joke that now I get paid for.”
Given how long it’s been since aggressive, unforgiving women in music have met favorable recognition by both music critics and radio stations, listening to White Lung is much like that first gasp of air when surfacing from a warm, muddy decade of sexist repression. The band has been circulated widely on CBC radio, honored at Canadian Music Week Indie Awards, and racked up tour dates from Europe to Australia. And yet throughout their ascension into international stardom, they remain true to their feminist fury, most especially in their third upcoming LP, Deep Fantasy.
Back in the day, the largest section of the cavernous spaces of music megastores like Virgin, Coconuts, or HMV was “Rock/Pop.” Like a frigid puff of air emanating from an automatic sliding glass door, singer/songwriter Jetta is a cooling, comforting rock/pop presence. Her powerful voice and guitar-driven melodies hearken back to a simpler time when you didn’t need an insane gimmick or niche to grab anyone’s attention.
A decade ago, Melanie De Biasio suffered from a pulmonary infection that disabled her singing voice for a year. Fortunately she recovered and was able to record No Deal (Play it Again Sam), an intimate collection of sparse soulful jazz that is as discreet as it is engaging. The classically trained Belgium-born artist, who will tour with Eels this summer across Europe, harnesses a less-is-more attention to jazz that remarkably comprises of only voice, percussion, piano and flute.