2009, female rapper Mapei was doing big things for the world of hip hop in Sweden: she released her debut EP, Cocoa Butter Diaries, appeared at SXSW and began working her debut full-length with electro duo Justice. But then she disappeared off the scene as quickly as she came onto it. She moved to Brazil, eventually coming back to try her hand at pop – and wholly succeeding. Her breakthrough hit, “Don’t Wait” was iTunes’ Single of the Week and produced by Magnus Lidehäll (subsequently responsible for the single that made Seinabo Sey famous – also on our list).
The track went onto receive the remixing prowess of a number of notable musicians including Kingdom and Chance The Rapper. She supported Lykke Li on her most recent tour. Signed to Downtown Records, the American-born, Swedish-bred singer’s debut full-length, HEY HEY, dropped in September and is a strong, genre-defying effort.