Amanda Blank, "I Love You"
No song on Amanda Blank's debut album, "I Love You," runs longer than four minutes, and the whole 11-track set is only 33 minutes. But that's all the Philadelphia-born rapper needs to claim her place as DJ culture's new "it" girl. Blank's "I Love You" sounds like what might have resulted if Pink had listened to some bands signed to 4AD. It moves naturally through the patchwork of influences that typify the new school of dance, best represented by the work of the album's co-producers, Diplo and Switch. Diplo's military snares and found-sound samples make "Something Bigger, Something Better" more than just another track about hip swinging. "DJ" is post-Giorgio Moroder pop at its best, casting Blank as Blondie, while "Shame on Me" shows that her deadpan delivery works as well for a melody as it does for a rapped verse. "I Love You" is guiltless fun, just like any proper quickie. --Kerri Mason