LOLO is the down-low alter ego of New York's Lauren Pritchard, a remarkable singer who received critical acclaim seven years ago as one of the principle leads in the Tony-award-winning rock musical Spring Awakening. She then teamed with a variety of talented Brits -- Marcus Mumford, EG White (Adele) and Ed Harcourt among them -- for her 2010 debut Wasted In Jackson, an album that ran the gamut from dark art-pop to streetwise soul, all held together by a voice we said was "a compelling mixture of power and aching vulnerability." With a creative hiatus and "some battles to fight" behind her, Pritchard returned as LOLO last year, releasing a couple of killer new tracks and now the just-released "Gangsters" (video below), a song that pretty much sums up her take-no-prisoners attitude, love of brassy neo-soul and hip-hop beats and delectable, razor-sharp dramatics. And then there's that voice. Click through to watch the vid and stream the brilliant, brutal "Heard It From A Friend" where LOLO sounds like a roughed up Adele back for revenge. Look for her Mark Batson-produced full length later this year.

LOLO - "Gangsters"

LOLO - "Heard It From A Friend"