Laura Mvula: "Like the Morning Dew"

Recalling a young Joan Armatrading­ with a taste for Beach Boys-cum-Animal Collective-harmony vocals, this U.K. soul-folk singer builds a swarming chorale punctuated with bell and brass tones, snare rolls and pizzicato bass notes. Like Christmas-­pageant music from a planet where holiday songs are always awesome. 

Listen to "Like the Morning Dew":