London-based lovers rock and R&B singer Lady Lex inked her first record deal in the mid-80s, but didn’t record much for a number of years. In 2012 an album produced by Peckings was slated for release, but it didn’t materialize until now. She has worked with Peckings since 2004 when she walked into the London shop and auditioned then and there.
Their first release together was I’m in the Mood for Love, voiced on the riddim she sang over in the store – Lonely Street. They have worked together ever since and Lady Lex has for example been featured on all three volumes of Peckings’ excellent Old Skool Young Blood series.
Is This Love is a hefty set with no less than 21 tracks, a mix of originals and covers, of which most are sung over vintage riddims. It’s a fine-tuned marriage between old school lovers rock sounds and a contemporary voice.
Several of the tracks are previously released and the set is something of a collection of singles. Included are strong cuts like Book of Job, on the sweet Break Up to Make Up riddim, God Bless the Child, on the smooth My Girl riddim, and Love Doctor, on the funky Can’t Stand It riddim.
Is This Love is a slick and vintage sounding set and it’s nice that Lady Lex and Peckings finally got it out on the streets.