BBC Radio 1‘s Annie Mac goes behind the scenes with some of the brightest names in music for 2014. Some of our favorite up and comers are highlighted, including Banks, Ella Eyre, Sam Smith, Sampha, and MNEK.
As 2013 nears its end, we continue our tradition of yearly staff picks summing up our favorite music from the 12 months past. This year is very special as we’ve extended our list makers to include Giant Step fam outside of the staff itself; many thanks to Maiya Norton, Nai Palm (Hiatus Kaiyote), Natasha Diggs, Rich Medina, and DJ Spinna for contributing their takes!
LA based singer Banks releases her first video shot in color for “This Is What It Feels Like.” Still maintaining dark, muted tones and a shadowy atmosphere, Banks stands alone a huge empty home on a rainy day.
The closing track on Banks’ new London EP is definitely one of our favorites. Honest but still gentle, “Change” signifies the breaking point of a cyclic and tumultuous relationship with a troubled lover. Banks’ quivering vocal delivery is pained and wistful all at once – beautiful.