September 15, 2014 Pop-soul debutante Mapei has all of the swagger of an R&B singer with the abstract, self-fulfilled gaiety of pop star. On her debut album, Hey Hey, which will be released on September 23, the Stockholm artist paints white walls vibrant with carefree brushstrokes influenced by rock and roll, soul, and R&B, her voice lending itself to each piece like a ray of light. Producers and hip-hop artists alike have picked up on Mapei, including Benny Blanco, Kingdom, and Chance the Rapper, who all remixed her first single, “Don’t Wait.” Stream Mapei’s promising debut Hey Hey NPR here.
September 9, 2014 Jillian Banks has survived a torrent of pre-debut album publicity with hardly a scratch. Since 2013, the 26-year-old self-taught musician and producer has riled the music community with her expressive confessional lyrics and emotionally electrifying production while keeping herself an arm’s length away from self-promotion. In that time, she’s paired with the beat-making community’s biggest rising names, releasing smoke-filled single after single and un-ostentatiously forging a reputation as the female version of The Weeknd. Her new album Goddess brims over with emotional urgency, dropping slicing truths about her relationships with irrefutable deftness and swagger. Make no mistake, this is an album that anyone needs to give a listen to.
September 4, 2014 For kids of all ages, this week marks the beginning of the end of summer as schools everywhere start up classes again. Luckily, we got our hands on a video from incoming indie duo Priory that will make all weekends from here on out even more gratifying.