Julie Dexter left our shores a number of years ago to try her luck stateside. She has been one of the shining lights of the Atlanta scene along with the likes of Laurnea and Donnie. She has also appeared with the Jazz Warriors this side of the pond. However, feeling that she was limited here she set off to the States. A few years ago she released her first EP "Ketch a Vibe" from which a few of the songs on the album also appeared on. Make no mistake that this is more than just a nu-soul CD and Julie really does have a great voice. It seems a shame that it has taken the UK Amazon site so long to stock her CD never mind most mainstream UK stores where you would never find her CD.
The album is very much a nu-soul CD but it does draw a lot on her influences such as lovers rock, soul and of course Jazz. Even though these influences exist you couldn't say one way or another that her direction is more towards any given area. The album takes us through an introduction of where she's from "Handsworth, Birmingham" and talks about her family etc. We then launch into familiar territory with the very catch "Ketch a Vibe" followed by "Love" a driving bassy number and then "Faith" a catchy two step number which explains how she went from the UK to the States to follow her dreams. There is a version of God Bless the Child retitled as God Bless the Dub and as the title suggests it does have dubby influences. One of the tracks of the CD is I dream which although it covers familiar territory about a world of equals the music is great and I guarantee that you will be singing along.
Well done Julie for setting up your own label and it's a pity that we on this side of the pond don't know enough about one of our own talents plying her trade in the States.