Sounds Like: Midnight R&B melodies intermingled with post-grime and post-Grimes beats — and a penchant for Fiona Apple
For Fans Of: La Roux, James Blake, Rihanna, the occasional acoustic ballad
Why You Should Pay Attention: Jillian Banks went from un-Googleable to unavoidable in early 2013 when the Soundcloud-osphere devoured her churning dance track "Work" and the breakup anthem "Before I Ever Met You." Managed by Trevor "Yung Skeeter" McFedries — whose turntable and industry résumé boasts Katy Perry, Spotify, Shwayze, and Steve Aoki — the 26-year-old Los Angeleno has since stitched up with U.K. synth-pop's next wave via collaborators like Lil Silva and Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs. After dropping the The Fall Over and London EPs Banks toured with despondent R&B royalty the Weeknd. Oft-photographed with her hair shadowing half of her face and vague in interviews, she keeps a heartbroken and fit-to-be-tied narrative mysterious on debut full-length Goddess, due September 9th. Enhanced by her frequent London studio cohorts, as well as Al Shux ("Empire State of Mind") and Justin Parker (Lana Del Rey, Rihanna), the album is a black sky dotted with pop fireworks.
She Says: On providing her phone number — (323) 362-2658 — to the public: "When I first started, it was my mission to answer everybody. I really did it, but now it's gotten harder. I definitely answer as many people as I can. I don't see myself ever getting rid of that number. Maybe one day I will. Even though I can't answer every person now, the people that I do, it's just an incredible way to connect to people who connect to your music. I think about growing up… If I were able to text Fiona Apple, and have her respond to me, I don't even know what I would've done."
Hear for Yourself: The Shlohmo-produced "Brain" begins as the tip of a cold, calculated iceberg that erupts into an avalanche — each line cutting deep as it flies past. By Reed Fischer