Artist: Nikki Jean

Album: Pennies In a Jar

Background Info: Best known as the frontwoman for indie hip-hop band Noveau Rich; Featured on Lupe Fiasco’s The Cool.

Who Will Love It: Fans of the Brill Building sound and Dionne Warwick

Why You Should Care: Nikki Jean will inevatably be compared to Adele, but Nikki’s sound is less Dusty Springfield and more Darlene Love.”My Love” is an almost perfect recreation of Phil Spector’s Wall of Sound. The title track was written by Burt Bacharach, and his laid back style of writing fits Jean’s angelic voice perfectly. It could have been on the Alfie soundtrack

Key Tracks: Pennies in a Jar, My Love, Rockaway