It’s been a phenomenal 2013 for Jacob Banks, who has kicked off the year with one of the hottest live lounge sessions for BBC 1xtra.

The Birmingham native is one of the most notable, intriguing and soulful talents to emerge in recent times and his critically revered E.P ‘The Monologue’, has made him such an enormous online sensation, it’s difficult not to acknowledge his poignant and electrifying powerhouse vocals.

Since embarking on his musical journey Jacob has been making quite an impression on audiences, with stellar support performances alongside the likes of Wretch 32 and Plan B.

Earlier this week, the singer-songwriter wowed audiences with several thrilling performances in BBC 1xtra’s Live Lounge, including a jaw-dropping take on Rihanna’s chart hit ‘Stay’ merged with Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe.’

His brand new E.P ‘The Monologue,’ which is crammed with a fusion of R&B, funk and mid-tempo soul shouters is available to download (HERE). Listen above to find out why ‘Stay (Don’t Kill My Vibe)’ has music enthusiasts all over raving.