When we rounded off 2012, we tipped astral Brooklynite Empress Of for impressive things. Lorely Rodriguez then had two impeccable cuts of prime noise under her belt with 'Don't Tell Me' and 'Champagne'; winning over hearts with her kooky-cum-glassy neo-pop, laden with twinkling synths and Björk-esque aloofness, she drew comparisons to Grimes and St. Vincent. Now we have a beefier collection of sounds in the form of her Systems EP, her expedition to greatness can begin proper.

The EP opens with lead single 'Hat Trick', a pastel-shaded vision of galactic mysteries, painted with pounding percussion and timeless echoes. It's spiritual, almost hymnal, with jagged shards of icy synths providing a backdrop for Rodriguez's airy nonchalance. She seems intoxicated, almost entranced as she sings "You say I'm a fool/ You say I'm relentless/ What does that mean?/ I think you're a dream." 'Tristeza' bleeps into being, chiptunes synths casually waltz alongside Rodriguez as she deliriously chants in her native Spanish. For a song entitled 'Sadness', it's remarkably not sad, at least not garishly so. It's not exactly a paradigm of happiness, but sadness doesn't seem to be the emotion she's trying to convey - it's more a stunned trauma before the onset of grief. It epitomises those tumbling moments of processing horrible news.

In an age where electronic music reigns supreme and guitar bands are a dying breed (or not, depending on your stance), ensuring you've set yourself apart from the homogeneous mob is crucial. You can't spit out something derivative or lazy and expect to come out on top - electronic musicians really have to fight to stand out from the overcrowded litter. When you get an artist who sets out her journey by making 'Colourminutes' - snippets of music with an accompanying, complimentary colour - they really grab your attention. Rodriguez did just that, upping clips to YouTube which eventually bloomed into the rounded efforts we have now. Take note, budding knob-twiddlers, that kind of stunt is how to get people taking notice.

Even though half the album is sung in English and the other half sung en Español, it doesn't feel divided. The two halves don't really form any sort of conflict, or grate against the other. In fact, the whole EP seems to float along with fluidity like a brook running its route. It's a brilliant quality for a brief taster to have: it's easily digestible, there's nothing that's bitter on the palate. Systems is a stellar fifteen minutes, and a strong first stride. It's the kind of EP that leaves you salivating for more before the closing notes have even stopped ringing.