SZA Julia

Since Lana Del Rey debuted, there’s been a steady stream of hip alt-pop divas crawling their way up the charts. Charli XCX, Foxes, and the annoying Lorde are all making a lot of noise right now, and I won’t be surprised if Grimes’ next album ends up becoming a big deal in the mainstream, even if Grimes herself doesn’t intend for it to.

23-year-old SZA is primed to be the next girl to join the pack after recently signing a record deal with Top Dawg Entertainment, home of Kendrick Lamar and Schoolboy Q. The hype is definitely justified if her latest Soundcloud non-single, “Julia,” is anything to go by. It’s twinkly ’80s dream-pop that slots somewhere between Beach House, Siouxsie and the Banshees, and Dev Hynes — which is clearly one hell of a musical combo.

Keep an eye on this one.

[Via Details of My Life]