I only found out about Janelle Monáe a few weeks ago, but already I want to shout from the rooftops:
"THIS IS THE FUTURE OF POP MUSIC!"
Janelle sounds like the lovechild of Andre 3000 and Dionne Warwick, with style that rivals Kanye. Her music is fresh, innovative, and insanely catchy. She seamlessly blends influences ranging from funk to R&B to classic rock to electronica, never settling on a specific style, but rather creating a sound all her own. Oh, and did I mention she's on Diddy's label?
Two weeks ago she released a new concept album, ArchAndroid. It's fantastic.
Here's my favorite song from the album thus far:
Click to Download: Cold War-Janelle Monae
And now for something completely different, here's the first song entitled "Cold War" that I ever loved. This gritty lament on a failing relationship perfectly embodies Death From Above 1979's unique sound, which combines the best elements of punk, dance, hardcore, and beating the shit out of a drumset.
Click to Download: Cold War-Death From Above 1979
If you've ever heard DFA1979, you already know that they are one of the greatest post-punk bands of our generation (perhaps of all time). If you haven't heard them, well, shame on you. Unfortunately, they broke up years ago after their first LP, but are survived by member Jesse F. Keeler's little side project, MSTRKRFT.