You may not know it from the hip-hop-oriented music dominating the charts and radio these days, but there's a lot of strong R&B floating around on the major and indie fronts.

You may not know it from the hip-hop-oriented music dominating the charts and radio these days, but there's a lot of strong R&B floating around on the major and indie fronts. From the latter comes this tasty, soulful entry. Dubbed by overseas fans as "the U.K.'s queen of soul," the Birmingham, England, native—born of Jamaican parents—paints pictures of life (love, racism, poverty, self-esteem, perseverance) from a palette of R&B, reggae, jazz, hip-hop, blues, and funk. Dexter's jazz-inflected vocals immediately hook ears via go-with-the-flow track "Ketch a Vibe." From there, it's uphill all the way as the now-Atlanta-based singer/ songwriter showcases her musical dexterity on the percolating, autobiographical "Faith," message song "I Dream," the spiritual "Walk With Me," and "God Bless the Dub," a creative take on the Billie Holiday classic. Distributed by Select-O-Hits.—GM