With her debut album Kaleidoscope, Kelis was part of the beginning of a new, raw style of R&B at the end of the 1990s that was clearly inspired by hip hop with its hard, rattling beats. In subsequent years the singer has surprised friend and foe alike. She made an album in 2009, for example, with dance producer David Guetta. And for her latest album, Food, she again takes a new musical direction. She worked with David Sitek, known for his guitar playing with TV on the Radio and a producer of indie-rock bands like the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Liars. They recorded the album at his house. While Kellis was busy in the kitchen, Sitek played things for her on the piano and, one after another, musician friends joined their session. Food is a lively, warm and very personal album. Check out Rumble for instance, where happy brass contrasts beautifully with the sad lyrics and seasoned voice of Kelis.