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Loose Ends - 100% match to Soul II Soul

Genres: Dance Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Formed in 1982 by Jane Eugene, Steve Nichol and Carl McIntosh, Loose End (as they were originally known) were the first all-black British band to be signed to the Virgin Records label. After several unsuccessful singles they changed their name to Loose Ends, enlisted producer Nick Martinelli, and started to make an impression on the soul/dance scene with a series of excellent r Read more

Inner City - 68% match to Soul II Soul

Genres: Electronic & Ambient
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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This dance music outfit are built around the prolific genius of Kevin Saunderson (9 May 1964, Brooklyn, New York, USA; programming), and the vocals of Paris Grey (b. Shanna Jackson, 5 November 1965, Glencove, Illinois, USA). Saunderson, who is also widely revered for his remix and recorded work under the title Reese Project, is the son of a member of the Marvelettes. He stud Read more

The Brand New Heavies - 60% match to Soul II Soul

Genres: Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Simon Bartholomew (16 October 1965, Ealing, London, England) and Andrew Levy (b. 20 July 1966, Ealing, London, England) is the central duo behind London-based band the Brand New Heavies, alongside drummer Jan Kincaid (b. 17 May 1966, Ealing, London, England) and (initially) keyboard player Ceri Evans and singer Jay Ella Ruth. Formed in 1985, they had already suffered one fai Read more

Mantronix - 59% match to Soul II Soul

Genres: Dance Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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DJ Kurtis Mantronik (Curtis Khaleel, 4 September 1965, Jamaica, West Indies, moving to Canada at age seven, then New York as a teenager) was the creative force behind these New York-based hip-hop innovators, a multi-instrumental talent whose knowledge of electronics was central to the band’s sound. That sound, electro in its purest form as suggested by the band’s n Read more

Alexander O'Neal - 58% match to Soul II Soul

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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15 November 1953, Natchez, Mississippi, USA. O’Neal was one of the best-known soul crooners of the late 80s. In 1978, he joined Flyte Tyme with future producers Jimmy Jam And Terry Lewis. The group (as Time) became the backing band for Prince, although O’Neal was soon dismissed for insubordination. During the early 80s, he began a solo career as a vocalist, making Read more

Lisa Stansfield - 50% match to Soul II Soul

Genres: Dance Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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11 April 1966, Rochdale, Greater Manchester, England. Stansfield started her musical career singing in her early teens, entering and winning several talent contests. She gained valuable experience presenting the Granada television children’s programme, Razzamatazz in the early 80s. After quitting the programme Stansfield teamed up with former school friends and budding Read more

Neneh Cherry - 47% match to Soul II Soul

Genres: Dance Pop / Rock Spoken Word Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Neneh Mariann Karlsson, 10 March 1964, Stockholm, Sweden. Cherry is the step-daughter of jazz trumpeter Don Cherry. She joined English post-punk band Rip, Rig And Panic in 1981 as a vocalist, later performing with several ex-members of that band as Float Up CP. In the mid-80s she also sang backing vocals for the Slits and The The (‘Slow Train To Dawn’, 1987). In 1 Read more

Joyce Sims - 46% match to Soul II Soul

Genres: Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1980s
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M People - 46% match to Soul II Soul

Genres: Dance Electronic & Ambient
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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The key force behind this popular pop/dance crossover outfit was Mike Pickering (Michael Duncan Pickering, 24 February 1958, Accrington, Lancashire, England; keyboards/programming), a former DJ at the Factory Records’ owned Haçienda club in Manchester. His activities there once encouraged The Face magazine to proclaim him as ‘England’s most revered DJ&# Read more

Gwen Guthrie - 44% match to Soul II Soul

Genres: Disco R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s
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9 July 1950, Newark, New Jersey, USA, d. 3 February 1999, Orange County, New Jersey, USA. Prior to her involvement within the reggae industry, Guthrie was a classically trained pianist while at school and a fine vocalist, culminating in her joining the Ebonettes and the Matchmakers alongside the lead singer from Cameo, Larry Blackmon. After graduating, Guthrie pursued a care Read more

The Chimes - 42% match to Soul II Soul

Genres: Doo Wop Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s
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Alison Limerick - 41% match to Soul II Soul

Genres: Dance
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1959, London, England. The first part of Limerick’s entertainment career was spent on roller skates in the stage production of Starlight Express in London’s West End. Her recording work, predictably, kicked off with sumptuous garage tunes, notably ‘Where Love Lives’, which showcased a simplistic but well executed musical approach, and was voted Dance Musi Read more

Chaka Khan - 41% match to Soul II Soul

Genres: Funk Jazz Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Yvette Marie Stevens, 23 March 1953, Great Lakes Naval Training Station, Illinois, USA. Having sung with several Chicago club bands, including Lyfe, Lock And Chains and Baby Huey And The Babysitters, Chaka Khan became acquainted with Ask Rufus, a group formed from the remnants of hit group the American Breed. When Khan replaced original singer Paulette McWilliams, the line-u Read more

Bobby Brown - 38% match to Soul II Soul

Genres: Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Robert Brown, 5 February 1969, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. A former member of New Edition, Brown emerged in the late 80s as the king of swingbeat, the fusion of hip-hop beats and soul vocals also referred to as ‘new jack swing’. Like many of the genre’s stars, Brown is not gifted with either huge ability or personality, yet he stamped his authority on the scen Read more

Shalamar - 38% match to Soul II Soul

Genres: Dance Disco Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This act was created by Dick Griffey, booking agent for US television’s Soul Train show, and Simon Soussan, a veteran of UK’s northern soul scene. The latter produced ‘Uptown Festival’, a medley of popular Motown Records favourites, which was issued on Griffey’s Solar label. Although credited to ‘Shalamar’, the track featured session musicians Read more


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