Sounds Like: The Paris-born and Nigerian-raised singer blends pop, soul, jazz, world and a little reggae on her sophomore to great effect if not a scoshe vanilla.
Free Association: Imagine Macy Gray with more class and less diarrhea in her mouth.
For Fans Of: Mia Doi Todd + Angelique Kidjo, India.Arie, using the word “chanteuse.”
Sounds Like: An Afrobeat collective that’s been performing as an act of rebellion for years, now with some help from Nels Cline (Wilco) and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band.
Free Association: Desert life escaping involuntary military service sounds whimsical.
For Fans Of: Ali Farka Toure x TV On The Radio, Fools Gold + gypsies, an oasis of funk.
Sounds Like: Idaho-bred Californians’ third is the definition of quirky art rock (the lead singer’s voice is almost annoying); catchiness and intrigue drown out the weird.
Free Association: When this guy sings, he sounds like an ugly, hyperactive stepchild.
For Fans Of: Animal Collective x Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Deerhoof.
PW's Music Issue 2014