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Jan 1st 2003


Urban Vibe - Fallin' for you: (3 Gees)


Let's start off the new year's first review with a band that has a terrific name to go with their music and yet most of us is not familiar with. Urban Vibe is a trio who hail from Coventry City, about 10 miles outside of London, England. They are Alvin Leon (Keys, programming) Andrew Harding - (Bass & lyrics) and Juliette Foster (Lyrics & vocals) who are influenced by R&B, soul and urban music artists (in particular Erykah Badu, Jill Scott and Eric Benet).

The song on display today is Fallin' for you a brilliant mid tempo dance number that finds Juliette flow in fine form. Her sexy vocal chops grace over the lyrics effortlessly giving the song that instant 'vibe' to move to (as suggested by their name - very urban vibe indeed).

Their music has received rave reviews from such mags as Muzik Magazine and Blues & Soul and they've performed live at London's prestigious Jazz Cafe. Band members Alvin & Andrew has also performed for South Africa's president Nelson Mandella.

They've not yet been signed to a label but have had some interest from a few major labels so let's hope 2003 is their year to sign and shine.

Pure quality soul here throughout so I suggest you become a fan of theirs and check them out on their website www.tonos.com and also BBCradio One Music web site as this one you will listen to over and over again - a TY-D pick indeed.

Listen to Urban Vibe's- 'Fallin' for you'








Audrey Clare - Beautiful (Unsigned)


Also kicking off the new year's 1st review on the female vocalist side of things is a young lady whom most of us have probably never heard of but should do very, very soon. Newcomer Audrey Clare is another UK singer who has obvious talent and shows a lot of promise. The Wigan based belle has a hit on her hands with 'Beautiful' - a sensually smooth and delicious ballad that rivals the best of them out there today.

The song is season with all the central ingredients - hook, melody and charm not to mention Audrey's beautiful voice. She lists Toni Braxton and Aretha Franklin as her major influences and she wrote all the music and lyrics.

She is a polished and accomplished musician who plays both the piano, flute and the violin. She states that her tracks have that smooth-as-silk vocals persona which perfectly matches her natural ability for lyric and song - writing with deep soul sensibilities.

She has just completed a five track demo which should be going to radio very soon. You can check her out at rock-itmusiccompany.com

This track definitely warrants your attention - very smooth, very soothing, very, very nice indeed. She is not yet signed to any record label but the kind folks at BBC-Radio one has added her to their 'Unsigned Demos' so do look for her there. In any case, not to worry, a talent of this statue will not be overlooked (or un noticed for that matter) for very long - a TY-D Pick through and though

Listen to Audrey Clare's - 'Beautiful'




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