Oh, I know the answer to this one!
Janelle Monáe: Neon Valley Street (Bad Boy Records, 2010)
I have checked the stats, worked out the angles and crunched the numbers. The results are in. There is precisely nothing not to love about this record. Jonelle appears to be that rare beast, an actual star. Amazing.
Alondra Bentley: Sunglasses (Absolute Beginners, 2010)
Alondra was born in England but she's lived in Spain since she was a child. How nice. I'd quite like to live in Spain, but that's mainly for the meat products, tbh. Anyway, all the songs on the CD a nice person sent to me were recorded in Cadiz, which is good, isn't it? Rather charming and romantic. Anyway, the album is lovely too. So there.