Aside/Beside Watch Now: Stephanie Mae - "Real Love"
 
Arizona-born singer-songwriter Stephanie Mae has released arguably the most overlooked indie-pop gem of 2015 with her latest offering, the deliciously nostalgic "Real Love." Featuring some of the strongest home-made instrumental beats since Toronto's own Diamond Rings dropped his debut 7" in '09, Mae uses her angelic voice as her weapon of choice to endear fans to her refreshingly familiar take on pop music. Not merely a gifted singer, Mae drops arguably one of the most scathing rap verses since Iggy Azalea and Nicki Minaj started brawling over the title of Top Female Rapper. With "Real Love," Mae has officially entered the competition, leaving a heap of disgruntled exes in the dust in the process. At no point in the song is there even the slightest hint that there's going to be a rap breakdown in the bridge, and then it just hits you by total surprise, but definitely a good surprise given the fact that there aren't nearly enough female rappers presently taking part in the genre...