For the last couple of years we’ve been eagerly following the progress of UK singer/songwriter/keyboardist REUBEN JAMES. He  turned our heads and hearts with his single, ‘Closer’ which was   followed by the  equally lovely, ‘You Mean The World’ and ‘Love Stoned’. Mind you, considering the man’s CV, the quality of his work should have been a given. He’s worked with Sam Smith’s on his 4 million-selling album ‘The Thrill of it All’, co-writing some of the songs; he’s since written for and performed with the likes of Tori Kelly, Little Mix, Disclosure, Col3trane and Liam Payne to name a few.

The good news is that his debut solo album wins release on Friday 23rd June but the set’s title track – ‘Champagne Kisses’ is released today, 2nd June. It’s a lively, up-tempo contemporary soul affair that showcases Reuben’s remarkable falsetto. On the track he’s aided and abetted by Ric Wilson, Joel Culpepper and CARRTOONS. Yes, there’s a rap included – but it’s totally organic .Give it a go!

Reuben says: “Here’s my new offering “Champagne Kisses” featuring the incredible Joel Culpepper and Ric Wilson – this is the title track to my debut album and definitely one of my all-time favourites… this jam is one for the summer with its up-tempo, funky, boogie vibes. Produced by my brother CARRTOONS, and fleshed out with rich instrumentation, I was trying to explore more deep groove vibes so that I could up the energy during my live show and give me the chance to bust some dance moves!

REUBEN JAMES: Champagne Kisses’ single out June 2nd: same named album out 23rd June. Both via Reuben’s own Rufio Records.