Reviewed by Tom Lennie
Jules' journey into music began at Manchester's Royal Northern College of Music, where she studied to be an opera singer. With a strong pull to soul, jazz and gospel, she changed direction in 2003, now writing her own music, gigging and recording with other musicians. The present debut EP was recorded in 2006-07, before a move to London later that year. It's a four-song recording, all music and (subtly-God-centred) lyrics self-composed, and with a number of clearly talented musos giving a helping hand (eg, on trumpet, guitar, bass and programming), while Jules provides lead and backing vocals as well as dulce piano. In her chosen easy-flowing soul/jazz style, Jules has a highly appealing, silky voice reminding me at times of the fluttering tones of the late soul singer Minnie Riperton. Because of her impressive vocal abilities, Jules is proving popular on the London club scene. This delightful EP-taster leaves you pining for more.
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