When reading said music magazine I like to ignore the bits about falling album sales and the demise of the CD single and instead just look at the bit where they recommend new artists or songs. I must also confess to not actually buying this magazine as it costs about £5 but instead just nabbing the one at work (apologies Owen).
Anywho, someone who caught my eye goes by the name of Janelle Monae! I know, I know, that '!' looks ridiculous and is all a bit too "look at me, look at me, everything's exaggerated", but we'll let her off. Actually, the exclamation mark isn't the only extracurricular annoyance, she's also made not a video, but a short film, for her new single 'Many Moons'. Ever since Michael Jackson started spunking all his money on 'long videos', serious artists have always wanted to emulate him, with varying results ('Honey' by Mariah Carey, anyone?)
Many have pointed out the similarities to Andre 3000, not in terms of genitalia naturally, but in terms of the fashion and the jerky dancing. The connection isn't entirely without merit, Monae appeared on Outkast's last album, Idlewild. Still, who is original nowadays? Plus, we can't help but notice a slight whiff of VV Brown, but that may well be a coincidence.
Here's another track, 'Sincerely Jane', complete with some pretty amazing horn blasts.
Listen to some more here.