Ninja Tune have anounced the signing of American singer-songwriter Kelis; her first album on the new label will be Food, which is set for a release on April 28th.

"I'm really happy to be partnering with Ninja Tune on my new record," Kelis says of the signing. "This is the album I've wanted to make for a long time and I want the team around me to be as excited and energetic about it as I am. I'm also very happy to be working with some of the most creative people in the industry."

With a high-profile music career that started back in 1999 with debut album Kaleidoscope, Kelis now shifts to a more soulful, raw direction in her music, having relied on Dave Sitek (TV On the Radio) to produce Food, her sixth studio album.