Never heard of the British singer-songwriter Laura Mvula? Oliver Wang over at All Things Considered suggests that you should fix that. And soon.
"It's not exactly pop or soul or jazz — it's all those things, but it transcends those things," Wang wrote.
And Wang isn't alone. Mvula's album has been heaped with praise from all over. "Whether as the fanfare arrival of a unique new voice or the peculiar indulgence of a future cult classic, this is an album that has to be heard to be believed," the BBC's Fraser McAlpine wrote.
See — or we guess, hear — for yourself:
Meanwhile our play-cousins, Jasmin Garsd and Felix Contreras, over at Alt.Latino are gushing over Raquel Sofia, a Puerto Rican singer they think is going to be a big star. "This is one of those finds," Contreras said. Sofia doesn't even have an album out — the Alt.Latino crew found the touring vocalist via a Soundcloud page.