I can’t listen to female pop artists without falling in love. It’s becoming kind of a problem, being so in love with so many different women, but what’s a blogger to do? The first song I ever heard from Rai (“New New“) has made it on to several of my mixes and whenever I play it someone asks me to burn it for them. Rai Knight creates catchy pop songs with an edge and drums that hit harder than you’d expect from a cute pop artist. It makes sense once you see that¬†her label is comprised of mostly hip-hop acts.

Rai’s mixtape¬†Self Portrait drops tomorrow. It will be presented by Pigeons and Planes, along with Sheena Beaston and I’m Flashy, so check back. For now, here’s a taste.

Detroit native Rai Knight responds to one of her hometown favorites, Black Milk, in her version of “Without U” (produced by Zach Shipps) . This is the first single off Knight’s new mixtape, Self Portrait.

Rai Knight – Without U