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Janelle Monae: 'It's true. I am part-android'

The Electric Lady singer talks about Prince, Lionel Messi, defusing the Ukraine situation and time-travelling in Atlanta (and you can hear her version of Bowie's 'Heroes').

Tinie Tempah review A brash show with odd moments of intimacy

"Manchest-ah!" yells Tinie Tempah, as he appears atop a giant roofed construction, wearing a silver glitter suit.

Freddie Gibbs / Madlib Piñata

With a delivery that sounds like 2Pac pitched down a notch, and a technical, streetwise proficiency that's Scarface-styled and just as solid, Gary, Indiana rapper Freddie Gibbs is a rare find, but his odd come-up is arguably even more interesting.

Freddie Gibbs & Madlib - 'Pinata'

The combination of Freddie Gibbs and Madlib – knuckleheaded rap thug and sophisticated, jazz-loving producer – may sound unlikely on paper.

Pinata - Madlib & Freddie Gibbs

This 17 track collaboration was described by the Guardian as being: "a low-key affair". It includes the tracks 'Supplier' and 'Scarface'. All Music said: " Piñata winds up excellent overall".

Freddie Gibbs & Madlib: Piñata review – 'Odd couple rappers sharing a love of independence'

Gibbs' grizzled street style works well with Madlib's penchant for loops with quirks, if it feels a little low-key at times.

Sean Paul doesn’t leave his comfort zone with Full Frequency

Jamaican dancehall pop star Sean Paul originally stood out for his savvy fusions, blending reggae roots with mainstream US styles and slang.

Full Frequency - Sean Paul

Full Frequency is the sixth studio album from dance artist Sean Paul. The album features guest vocals from Nicki Minaj, Damian Marley and Iggy Azalea amongst others.

Sean Paul: Full Frequency - review

(Atlantic) According to Sean Paul , the title of his sixth album signifies "that this time I'm going fully hard and turning up the levels". If the implication is hard to swallow, it's because Jamaica's pop-dancehall megastar hasn't exactly exercised res

Blank Project - Neneh Cherry

This will be the first new solo album in 16 years that the singer has released and follows her 2012 collaboration with The Thing on The Cherry Thing. The Guardian was impressed with the album calling it: "a bold and adventurous album".