When listening to STELLA, it’s impossible not to picture her belonging in a smokey underground club, with her unique brand of high-temperature, thoughtfully produced swirl of dreamy soul and modern r&b marking an unexpected contrast to her father’s music — rock legend Carlos Santana. Her debut album Selfish, set for release on July 29th, offers a thematic gut-punch — often times a highly personal one — relating to heartbreak and moving on that’s refreshingly wise, while offering up a deft touch in encompassing a moody mix of genres that creates a truly satisfying journey. The head-nodding album cuts "Friends" and "New Toy" are streaming onSoundcloud, with videos to match onYouTube.
Selfish was recorded between early 2014 and summer of 2015, and was truly a DIY process. She worked closely with New York-based artist/producer Jared Evan on most of the tracks on the album, while other tracks were recorded with production duo Caswell in their backyard/garage studio in Los Angeles. The rest was recorded in New York apartments or at Brickhouse Studios in Dumbo, Brooklyn. The album was mixed by Daniel Lynas (A$AP Rocky, Heems, Das Racist), and STELLA herself has already popped up in the pages of Pigeons & Planes, Nylon, Billboard, and others.
The tracks themselves serve up some searing personal insights into STELLA’s journey. "Go Alone” is a subtle anthem, whose sing-songy hook belies the cut-and-run mentality STELLA advises. "New Toy" explores the downside of being someone's prize. On “Fumes", Frankie P (A$AP Ferg, ONYX) creates a hazy beat-driven landscape that helps bring to life a poem she'd been writing about being on the bad side of someone’s betrayal. “Burn” compares escaping a failing relationship to a house fire, highlighted by a reimagined sample of 60s soul girl group The Marvelettes.
STELLA is disarmingly honest, sharply insightful, and finds strength in her vulnerability. Her infectious vocals call to mind a world in which Badu and Winehouse co-exist, while also drawing a line to the vibes of Nelly Furtado and Andreya Triana. STELLA welcomes you into her world… sit back, and enjoy the show.