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altJULIE IWHETA is a new-ish kid on the UK soul block. The sweet voiced singer/songwriter has been captivating crowds in various London and SE venues for a year or so now. Julie's played places like The Jazz Cafe, The Wireless Festival, The Uprise Anti-Racism Festival and Soul-D-Out celebration.

Her voice has featured on a number of charting house singles.... like David April's 'Love My Life' but right now Ms I is busy promoting her first proper solo EP that won release at the end of July. The mini album is 'Just Julie' and the title track is a lovely gentle, acoustic semi auto biographical thing that reminds me of India. Airie's 'Video' – both in mood and message.

EP highlight is another acoustic flavour, 'I'll Be There'. This features some sweet, sweet harmonies that betray Julie's time as an in-demand session singer.

Julie will be officially launching the EP @ The Fox and Firkin in Lewisham High Street on 27th September.

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altRAYMOND BARTON is a soul entrepreneur who sees himself as a kind of Norman Connors music facilitator. That's to say he likes to get performers together and help them blend their "soulful creative ideas". His last outing, the EP, 'If Only For Love' embodied that concept and right now he's working on a follow-up.

The first track from the mini album has just come out and the bassy, gentle groove that is 'Always Kissing' is already winning airplay. Vocals on the track come via Tyra Juliette – a seasoned session singer who's worked with people like Nile Rodgers and Chic, Demi Lovato, Pharrell, Ed Sheeran, Rita Ora, The Roots and many others.



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altNow based chiefly in Geneva, Texas-born soul man  RUDI WILBURN is making a name for himself all over Europe with his distinctively flavoured Barry White take on modern soul.

A couple of years back we enjoyed his singles 'These Are The Days', 'You Are Love' and 'Your Smile' which though credited to its French composer, 'Neo', featured a wonderful Rudi vocal.

Mr W's now back (in his own right) with a new single, 'City Lights'. It comes in four mixes and they all show that the Barry White comparison that people always make is right on target. Right now we're enjoying the lighter, "Latin" mix.... not revolutionary – just simple, sweet uncluttered modern soul.


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altSoulful house heads will know that earlier this year DAVID MORALES launched a new label – DIRIDIM. He sees it as a "genre crossing platform to develop new artists, as well as a hub to release his own productions and collaborative works."

Latest offering from the label is one of Big Dave's own efforts – a surging, gospel-fuelled mover, 'Believe'. The track features a powerhouse femme vocal (sadly not credited on my copy) and some delicious piano hooks.

The original mix is a winner but there are also tweaks from the deadly duo that is Baltimore's DJ Spen and Italy's Michele Chiavarini. As ever pay your money......

DAVID MORALES 'Believe' is out now.

Last Updated on Monday, 13 August 2018 11:16



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altVarious US music media sources are reporting the death of guitarist WILLIAM "BLUE" MILLER. Born in Detroit as William Mueller, "Blue" is not a household name but he did work with many soul notables – people like David Ruffin, Isaac Hayes, Gladys Knight.

Miller was also a member of Bob Seger's band and in 1990 in Nashville he formed the Gibson-Miller Band with Dave Gibson and enjoyed country chart success with 'High Rollin" and 'Big Heart.'

More recently, Miller worked with India.Arie, producing her albums 'Acoustic Soul' and 'Voyage To India'. He was also a member of her band for several years.

Reports suggest that Miller died this weekend unexpectedly of a brain aneurysm.

Last Updated on Monday, 13 August 2018 11:17


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