Mapei – Don’t Wait
This week, Rhode Island-born and Stockholm-raised singer Mapei returned after a hiatus with the brand new single Don’t Wait. Born Jaqueline Cummings, Mapei scored her first underground hit with Video Vixens in 2008, and in 2009 she released her debut EP Cocoa Butter Diaries. Co-written and produced by Magnus Lidehäll, more known as Filthy from rap duo Afasi & Filthy, Don’t Wait is a relentlessly hooky and beautifully lyrical hymn, described by the artist herself as a “21st-century gospel or doo-wop”. Mapei is currently working with a new album, set to be released next year. Listen to Don’t Wait below.
Ryan Hemsworth – Against A Wall
Against A Wall is the first take from Canadian DJ and producer Ryan Hemsworth’s forthcoming debut album Guilt Trips, set to be released on October 22. Mostly known for his masterful remixes of artists such as Grimes, Frank Ocean, Tinashe and Cat Power, Ryan Hemsworth has also proved himself an excellent artist in his own right. Ethereal and emotive, Against A Wall seamlessly blends Ryan Hemsworth’s deep, hypnotic soundscapes with the hazy vocals by Lofty 305 from rap-crew Metro Zu. Listen to the song and watch the video, directed by Paul Labonté, above.
Grenades For The Wall – You Are
Earlier this spring, Stockholm-based pop duo Grenades For The Wall made their debut with the much celebrated single Fight Your Battles With Me. Now they’re back with the ecstatic and melancholic You Are, the first outcome from their collaboration with British producer Fred Cox. Listen to it below.
With their brand new web TV series Greetings From, Swedish online music magazine Festivalrykten aims to bring out the more personal sides of emerging artists through intimate live sessions and interviews. So far they’ve met with Postiljonen, Yung Lean, and Chlöe Howl, but rumour has it that there are many more to come. Watch it here.
Molly Nilsson – Going Places
With her deep, distinct vocals and simple synth hooks, Swedish-born, Berlin-based artist Molly Nilsson has found a sound of her own; ingenuous, evocative, and darkly romantic, with an intriguingly raw edge. This summer she released her fifth album The Travels, and this week came the video for the album’s second single Going Places, a blurry collage of snippets from her many travels. Watch it above.