On the Record

By Bill Chenovert
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Eliza Doolittle

(Capitol)

Sounds Like: The 22-year old Brit’s debut gets a Stateside major-label backing for her cutesy, gentle vocals over mixed bag production fusing ska, doo-wop and jazz pop.

Free Association: Full of corny commercial jingles and tween romance soundtrack opps.

For Fans Of: Lily Allen, Kate Nash x X Factor, those Cotton ads.

Mary Mary

Something Big

(Sony/Columbia)

Sounds Like: The Grammy-winning, God-lovin’ sisters are champions of the new age of gospel that includes funky-ass beats, diva-inspired R&B and poppin’ and lockin’.

Free Association: FYI, that something big? It’s G-O-D, Jesus, Christ, the cross, etc.

For Fans Of: Kirk Franklin x SWV, Sunday morning dance parties.

Les Nubians

Nu Revolution

(Shanachie)

Sounds Like: The Paris-born, Chad-raised sisters are the best at their genre—Afropean soul, a mix of soul, hip-hop and world music with a whispery bilingual poeticism.

Free Association: Ladies making world music not sound awful is winning in my book.

For Fans Of: Sade x Africa, Erykah Badu x France, Bitches Brew.

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