I've heard Janelle Monae's name bandied about a bit the past few weeks but hadn't quite managed to get around to investigating the source of the fuss.
After seeing this video/'short film' on Nialler 9's blog for a track she released in 2008 called 'Many Moons', I'm beginning to understand the hype.
The 25-year-old Kansas-native boasts sing-a-long hooks to rival Beyoncé at her best, a swagger and retro wardrobe that only the likes of André 3000 can pull off, and an outlandish android alter-ego by the name of Cindi Mayweather that's like something Gaga might dream up. It's quite possible we may have a megastar-in-the-making on our hands.
Her album 'The Arch Android' will be released in May and she's served up two tasters, 'Cold War' and 'Tightrope', to whet our appetites.
Janelle Monae - Tightrope (featuring Big Boi)
Janelle Monae - Cold War