Proving that Amy Winehouse is not the only Brit who can do Motown-inspired soul-pop with a hip-hop swagger, Plan B comes up with his own Back to Black in The Defamation of Strickland Banks. With a creamy croon that nods to Smokey Robinson and Marvin Gaye-along with a gritty rap delivery-it's no wonder he hit No. 1 in the U.K.
FOR FANS OF: AMY WINEHOUSE
Possessing a charm that can be as quirky as her stage name, this fair lady recalls another whimsical Londoner who sings with a thick accent: Lily Allen. Among the highlights of her self-titled debut, which has already gone platinum in the U.K., are the jaunty "Rollerblades" and "Mr. Medicine," a delightful dose of sugar pop.
FOR FANS OF: LILY ALLEN
THE BELLE BRIGADE
"I just fell in love and I couldn't help myself." So sing siblings Barbara and Ethan Gruska in the opening moments of the Belle Brigade's self-titled debut. You may be thinking the same thing after listening to this L.A. duo's sun-kissed, harmony-sweetened sounds, which are reminiscent of the California folk-pop of Fleetwood Mac.
FOR FANS OF: FLEETWOOD MAC