Mon. Oct. 25, 2021

SouLutions – Philly Line (CW Philly Remix)

Single Of The week: SouLutions – Philly Line (CW Philly Remix) (DSG Music)

Riding on the Philly Line… SouLutions destined to reach the upper heights with this follow-up to their already classic ‘Listen’. Even more impressive in terms of vocal maturity, but also arrangements, as retouched with class by Colin Watson. Another song in (right) style that would have perfectly fitted on Lisa Stansfield‘s repertoire. With all the ingredients to get you, music lovers, straight to heaven. From its instant impression of positive feeling to its somehow glamorous emphasis.

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SouLutions are a singer-songwriting duo comprising of Louise Mehan and Steve Lee. Louise hails from the East End of Newcastle. She grew up in the family home listening to the sounds of Soul, particularly from the 70’s era. She could sing before she could talk and was expected to sing at any and every family gathering. In her late teens, she began to work the local pubs and clubs of the North East. Eventually winning local song contests and building up a reputation as a young Aretha Franklin. Most likely sounding like when the latter first signed to Columbia.

At the age of 17 she went along with her father to a gig at a local club. Louise wasn’t too happy but went along to keep her dad sweet. He told her that there was a band he wanted her to see called the Soul Messengers. A trio who were big in the North East, in the main for their tight soul harmonies and slick dance routines. The leader of the Soul Messengers was Steve Lee.

Louise‘s dad introduced them to each other, describing her as an amazing Soul singer. Steve invited Louise on stage to sing with the Messengers and she blew the place apart. 12 months later, Steve invited Louise to be a backing singer in a project that he was putting together. However, her talent was such that it wasn’t too long before she was sharing the lead vocal with Steve.

Steve hails from the West End of Gateshead. He also happened to be raised listening to Soul Music. An established Latin percussionist and vocalist, he has supported countless artists. From Joe Cocker to Jimmy James and The Vagabonds. But also Ian Dury and The Blockheads and Paul Young. Not to mention Shakatak and Johnny Guitar Watson to name a few.

SouLutions came straight to fame with ‘Listen’. Their debut-single, back in 2014, which opened indie label DSG Music’s account in the meantime. Eventually receiving some remixing work courtesy of Drizabone. Meanwhile, its flipside – ‘Mr Sun Don’t You Hide’ – reached further heights, as remixed by Ray Hayden. And how to not think of the brilliant ‘Philly Line’ completing their list on DSG Music?!?

The Newcastle pair soon after decided to go their own way though. Releasing their debut-album – ‘Destiny’ – the year after on One World Records. Extending their fame with gems such as ‘All Your Love’ from the same package. But also the blowing ‘I Got To Party’ back in 2016. More recently, they released ‘Thankful’ as an appetizer of their upcoming album.

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