Kristopher James – The Very Start

Blue-eyed soul meets jazz, country and West-coast cool on this boy/girl vocal ode to daydream recollections. Kristopher James bears similar warm soulful tones to Luther Vandross at times before breaking into a pitch-perfect syrupy smooth falsetto during the chorus.

Never losing composure, never a single bead of sweat – this effortless vocal is matched by a female counterpart who adds contrast and playful foil. Like a spot of fun sparing Kristopher and friend breeze through ‘The Very Start’ coo-ing over an equally playful musical backing that switches styles so seamlessly you might not realise.

There’s a touch of Burt Bacharach to the laid-back sophistication, and even a little of Michael Bolton’s rasping blues passion in the rousing finale.

Terri Lee