Portishead associations fail to rescue disappointing debut from Bristol soul luminary

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Jukes – A Thousand Dreamers

With 12-inch releases on Gilles Peterson’s Talkin’ Loud among others, and a series of appearances on tracks by other notables like Smith & Mighty, you’d hope that Tammy Payne aka Jukes would be no stranger to real feeling. But sadly her debut album, produced by ex-Portishead bassist Jim Barr, offers more pastel soul than acoustic soul, full of aimless strumming and one-dimensional vocals, akin to a lo-fi Zero 7. Worthy, much like the bookstores in which it will be played.