September 10, 2012 12:00 PM

>DUSTIN LYNCH

Dustin Lynch

The singer lives up to his first hit, “Cowboys and Angels,” showing off a smooth baritone that excites most on the soulful “Last Lap.” One of the year’s best debuts. []

DJ KHALED

Kiss the Ring

The radio deejay knows what burns up the airwaves and mostly scores (“I Did It for My Dawgz” rules). But heavy production sounds like a relic of hip-hop five years ago. []

MARTIN SOLVEIG

Smash

The French producer broke through in the U.S. with his club smash “Hello.” His debut proves he’s more than a one-off with 13 endorphin-burning anthems like “Big in Japan.” []

TAMIA

Beautiful Surprise

Some NBA wives get famous on reality TV, but Grant Hill’s wife has true talent. She shows off her powerful voice on her latest, notably on the seductive ballad “Him.” []

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