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updated 03/14/2011 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 03/14/2011 01:00AM

JAMES BLAKE

James Blake

An early contender for chill-out album of the year, the hypnotic debut from this onetime London deejay is an ambient soundscape where man meets machine, producing something mysteriously like "soultronica."

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MARSHA AMBROSIUS

Late Nights & Early Mornings

The Floetry singer's sensual solo debut will keep your love mojo going until the break of dawn. Highlights include the terrifically titled "Hope She Cheats on You (With a Basketball Player)."

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AARON LEWIS

Town Line

Following the lead of Darius Rucker, the Staind singer veers into country on this solo EP. He proves to be a natural on nostalgic ballads like "The Story Never Ends." But three versions of the single "Country Boy" is a bit much.

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ANNA CALVI

Anna Calvi

With her moody, even spooky allure, this British singer-songwriter-who sometimes brings to mind a darker Florence + the Machine-conjures up a debut album that feels like it could be the soundtrack to a David Lynch or Quentin Tarantino film.

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