Mapei is an underground rapper from Stockholm, Sweden, whose indie electronic musical style and blogosphere fan following drew comparisons to M.I.A. and Amanda Blank. Born Jaqueline Cummings, she scored her first underground hit with “Video Vixens,” whose wild video became a minor YouTube sensation in 2008.
The French called this time of day “l’heure bleue.” To the English it was “the gloaming.” The very word “gloaming” reverberates, echoes—the gloaming, the glimmer, the glitter, the glisten, the glamour—carrying in its consonants the images of houses shuttering, gardens darkening, grass-lined rivers slipping through the shadows. During the blue nights you think the end of day will never come. As the blue nights draw to a close (and they will, and they do) you experience an actual chill, at the moment you first notice: the blue light is going, the days are already shortening, the summer is gone.