A few days ago, fans went into a frenzy when Mabel McVey released dancehall-backed cut “Begging” as the first taste of her brand new mixtape ‘Ivy To Roses’, the follow up to the Stockholm-raised, London-based singer’s ‘Finders Keepers’ EP that dropped in May. The 21-year-old says the release is intended to share her evolution as an artist, and bring people along on the journey as her sound changes.
We’ve been huge fans since her SoundCloud debut, however it was breakthrough track “Finders Keepers”— which has also found a spot on the mixtape — that propelled Mabel’s name onto the lips of RnB aficionados worldwide. The project unveils the depth of her artistry; from piano-led ballad “Ivy”, to her stunning cover of 6 God‘s “Passionfruit”, Mabel’s vocals take centre-stage, and prove stirring over poignant lyrics that go beyond dancefloor beats to even challenge gender dynamics.
In a brilliant interview with The FADER, Mabel talks about telling the other side of the story: “Very often in RnB, men are telling women they need to chill, [saying] “I’m not looking for girlfriend.” And actually, I’ve been in so many situations with men where I’m just like, “You need to chill!” It happens to everyone.”
Mabel has also teased the release of “Fine Line”, the track previewed at the end of the “Finder’s Keepers” video, along with her forthcoming debut LP, which we can count on changing the game again, with collaborations including MNEK, Joel Compass (FKA Twigs, Tinashe) and Raye.
Listen to ‘Ivy To Roses’ here: