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Alexia Coley: Retro Fit

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â¨Heard of Alexia Coley? No? Thatâs good. It's a bit selfish I know, but I wanted to be the guy who you remember was right on the money with his prediction for this artist. Where did I find her; well that's a funny story. I looked in the dictionary and there she wasâ¦.

Listed under: Talented, Soulful, retro-infused and most definitely; Sultry. When I first laid eyes and ears on her style, delivery, poise and vocal - it was like watching an urban Jessica Rabbit!

There has been some luck along the way: Alexia won a competition to play The Big Chill Festival where she was spotted by her record label who signed her almost on the spot. She has also appeared a few times at Ronnie Scottâs club. Other performances of note include residencies at quality London establishments such as Portobello Road bar, Mau Mau and The Paradise, in Kensal Rise. Not to mention festival appearances including: Mostly Jazz, Secret Garden Party and Port Eliot.

Her style isn't something new, which is probably the best part. She has taken that 40's thing and re-moulded it to complement her modern style - giving it her very own twist. You can suss Alexiaâs influences straight away; again thatâs a good thing. No need to hunt for synergy, because it's already there.

I don't think this thirty something Londoner based in trendy Notting Hill, has the faintest idea of how good she actually is. Her current subject matter is boy meets girl, boy screws girl over, girl kicks the next bloke who tries more of the same in the privates! Empowering stuff for the fairer sex; a kind of âListen to my songs if you dareâ for us chaps.

The tunes are sweet on the outside, but take a bite and be prepared for a sour after-taste lyrically. She shoots from the heart, that's for sure. But it stays positive on most fronts. Alexiaâs material has a great beat, a great swing and a distinctive candour to it. Her unique voice complements all of the above - and then some. The tracks on her new long player; the Northern Soul-sounding "Keep The Faith," are fresh, sweet and sassy; three ingredients we badly need in todayâs tune-makers.â¨â¨I'm not mining for gold here; I'm trying to make the point that Alexia Coley possesses the right attributes to become a real star performer, not to mention her motivational musical pedigree which propels her towards a bright future. Her late mother made her own mark in the profession of choice; an all-singing, all-dancing, musical theatre performer and actress.

Album "Keep The Faith" is out now on Jalapeno Records

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To read more from our interview with Alexia Coley â¦pick up a copy of the latest Blues & Soul magazine with Myles at your local quality magazine retailer, inc; WH Smith, Menzies + selected Euro Foods, Cost Cutters and a plethora of independents everywhere⦠if they don't stock it, ask for a "B&S shop save" and they will get it for you.
Words LEE TYLER

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