Classics: Juliet Roberts – I Want You (Cooltempo)
No matter what, when you come to hear Juliet Roberts, you know. You know you’re in front of a First League artist. Obviously feelin’ like in her shoes in so many different moods. With this allowing her to collaborate with an impressive array of luminaries. And embrace different styles of music. From Reggae to Soul, Jazz and or House Music.
We catch her back in 1994, brilliantly takin’ the centerstage on the infectious ‘I Want You’. Sharing the duties with British producer of the moment, Dancin’ Danny D. With the latter teamin’ up with Simon Dunmore on the extended Moster Club Mix of ‘I Want You’. Itself comin’ up with alternative remixes of Roger S, K-Klass, Junior Vasquez and other Our Tribe. Thus installing her among the divas of the floors at the time. Following gems such as ‘Another Place Another Day Another Time’ and ‘Caught In The Middle’. This in addition to her collaboration with L.A. Mix. With the latter givin’ birth to the memorable ‘Love Together’ and ‘We Shouldn’t Hold Hands In The Dark’.
A native of London Juliet Roberts originally sung as Julie Roberts before slightly changin’ her name. With the first traces bringin’ us back to 1980. And this with a Reagge /Lovers Rock cover version of The Police‘s ‘The Bed’s Too Big Without You’. She made her first appearance in the British Top 10 back in 1983. This when takin’ the centerstage of Funk Masters‘ memorable ‘It’s Over’. And, during the same year, she signed a recording deal with Bluebird that would result in the release of a handful of singles. Then, the year after, in 1984, she began a four-year stint as vocalist for Working Week…
A workaholic, Juliet Roberts became one of the most sought after backing vocalists. With the list of the ones she’s collaborated with pretty much telling about her versatility. From Total Contrast (remember ‘Takes A Little Time’) to Loose Ends. But also Was (Not Was) (‘Spy In The House Of Love’), Paul Hardcastle and Sting to name a few.
The end of the 80’s would see her firing things up on the floors. Contributing to L.A. Mix‘s ‘Love Together’ and ‘We Shouldn’t Hold Hands In The Dark’ among others. Then teamin’ up with with D-Mob producer Daniel Kwadwo Addai Poku, better known as Dancin’ Danny D. With the twosome givin’ birth to crackers such as ‘Free Love’, ‘Caught In The Middle’ and ‘I Want You’. These in addition to ‘Never Had A Love Like This Before’ that saw her sharing the bill with Steven Dante, although on a slower vein. Then the memorable ‘I Needin’ U II’ along with David Morales presents The Face in 2000.
Juliet Roberts also happened to collaborate with British Jazzman Courtney Pine OBE. Thus displaying another facet of her talent on the outstanding although sadly underrated ‘Life Goes Around’, from his 1992 released ‘To The Eyes of The Creation’ album…