The Buzz is the magazine's weekly rundown of artists, scenes, labels and tracks breaking forth from the underground. Here's last week's bounty:
1. Nicki Minaj
The New York rapper has been soaring up the rap barometer of late. After numerous collaborations with Lil Wayne, she has inked a deal with Young Money Entertainment, and has her debut single ‘Massive Attack’ readied for this summer. The video is directed by the legendary Hype Williams and features Nicki flying through space in a neon pink Lamborghini. What more do you need to know?
2. Team Ghost
These Parisians, featuring ex-M83 member Nicolas Fromageau, combine nu-gaze walls of din with the surly dungeon synths of their hometown’s buzztastic cold wave sound. Crystal Castles have recruited them as support for their full European tour, and Radar’s got them opening at one of its Great Escape parties in Brighton on May 15.
No-one under 65 owns the equipment to play them, but cassettes are becoming the twee-tool du jour with some labels solely releasing on the obsolete format. Notably the Mirror Universe Tapes imprint, with singles for Active Child and Washed Out, and Leftist Nautical Antiques, whose roster includes Weed Diamond and Cough Cool.
4. Title Fight
Fresh off the Trash Talk tour, Features Ed James McMahon wouldn’t shut up about this Pennsylvania pop-punk four-piece who, he said, didn’t leave the band’s tour van stereo. If you bitch about how Fall Out Boy and MCR have sullied the intense but melodic anthemia of emo pioneers like Dag Nasty, then take solace here.
5. Austin Dirge
Deep in the heart of the Lonestar state lies an oasis of leftfield creativity. It seems the bohemian idyll is playing host to an ever-expanding collective of amazing no-fi post-rock discordance. For anyone into this brand of Texan DIY indie, start with local hedonists Pure Ecstasy, followed by a blast of the awesome SURVIVE or Sleep Over.
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