New Track: Banks – “Change”



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.

February Next Step Contest Honorary Mentions


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As the submissions for our March Next Step contest come to a close tomorrow, we want to share some of our favorite submissions from February in this “honorary mentions” post. Y’all made it rough last month – here’s to another great month!

Our February Next Step Contest Honorary Mentions:

DC based “soul garage” band Black Alley. In the video above, the young group rips covers of Amy Winehouse, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and Nirvana in their poignant dedication to “Club 27.”

Psaul, a collaboration between Swedish singer/songwriter Paul Mac Innes and producer Stray. The sound is pop sensible electro-soul with a retro vibe. Below, you can get down to the sunny “Change” and on Soundcloud catch a super funky cover of Chaka Khan and Rick James’ “Slow Dancin’” featuring the dynamic Karma Stewart.

New York based singer, songwriter, and producer Cilla K. has certainly got something special. With a darling lilting character to her voice that makes you feel at home and a jazzy soul sound that’s playfully offbeat, her vocal style is airy and refreshing like Amel Larrieux, her production hinges on that ever-nostalgic Esthero vibe, and her left-field play with music touches on Sonnymoon. Her most recent release, New World Lullabies, feels just like it sounds. Listen to “You Know Me Better” below and let your worries fall away.

And again, you can still submit to be considered for March!

Don’t miss Backpack Jax and Kimberly Nichole after the jump!

Contest: Add Your 16-bars to Sepalot’s “Change” ft. Fashawn

Munich-based DJ and producer Sepalot is set to release his album, Chasing Clouds on the 30th of September and he’s inviting you to be a part of it. Vocalists and emcees from far and wide are asked to contribute the second verse for his single with Fashawn entitled, “Change” (which only includes one verse on the original album version).

The best submissions will be released and promoted – multiple winner opportunity here. Get on it, folks! You have until August 15th to make your submission. Send your entries to or to the Soundcloud dropbox below! And of course, before you get started, take a listen to the original track below.

Change feat. Fashawn (add your 16bars version) by SEPALOT

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