For a genre seemingly over the brink of over saturation as the alt-R&B star, Kelela succeeds in ploughing a distinct and intriguing furrow. The second generation Ethiopian songstress moved to L.A. in search of (repulsively titled) "post-dubstep" sounds, not only to match her acrobatic vocals but her discursive mindset. Night Slugs and Fade To Mind were the first to clock on to her talent, offering up the majority of the beats by the likes of Bok Bok, Girl Unit and Jam City; pioneers who manage to capture and push the sonic zeitgeist with every release.

Before the tape even begins, the Microsoft WordArt-esque font boldly sits on a portrait of Kelela's knotted dreadlocks hiding much of her face. For the sceptics, perhaps a foreshadowing metaphor, are we about to hear a mere vessel for promoting cutting edge production? Mercifully, this could not be further from the truth.

Lead single 'Bankhead' immediately splashes these concerns out of the water. The dynamic vocal range coupled with cathartic, heartfelt lyrics compliment Kingdom's chopped up production perfectly. The skewed, pounding beat on follow up single 'Enemy' leaps straight out of TNGHT's territory, whilst the screams of "I need someone who gives a fuck" can resonate with the masses.

This in fact becomes one of the only drawbacks of the tape. She self admittedly does not write lyrics, more so freestyles upon hearing a beat, before going back to touch them up later. If you're after complex lyricism and poetry this may not be the place to come. Also the vocal style does not standout, compared to artists such as Erykah Badu or Macy Gray, it simply isn't that unique. However what she lacks in vocal distinction she makes up for in other ways.

To look at the "mixtape" as a whole, it is Kelela's premature savvy in song structure and placement which cleverly allows it to feel more like an album. She lets loose in some areas while conservatively punctuating instrumentals on others. For example cutting 'Go All Night' in two keeps it flowing and allows the pace to slow as the curtains begin to draw on melancholy standout track 'A Lie'. Finally the Tracy Chapman inspired ender 'Cherry Coffee' could easily roll into an impassioned crescendo, but it's kept thoughtful and consistent on the minimalist backdrop while she sings "it's a twisted cycle, are you confused with love?"

So what does the future bring? Kelela has managed to curate and shine in her first ever mixtape, which has been incredibly well received. Not dissimilar to the likes of A$AP Rocky in this way, it's now her time to show the world that she can keep up this high standard. Though whether it's the pop route or the indie route, I believe her precocious savoir-faire shall ensure she stays in the spotlight.