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Finley Quaye

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Purportedly the uncle of Tricky and the brother of prominent guitar sideman Caleb Quaye, Finley Quaye could definitely have relied on nepotism to get himself a recording contract. Fortunately, his sweet voice and feel for a soul groove were the leading indicators in his signing to the Haiku label. After collaborating with A Guy Called Gerald and becoming friends with Iggy Pop, Quaye recorded his debut album, Maverick a Strike, and released it in 1997. He then began recording vocals for Tricky's third album, Angels with Dirty Faces. Four years after his critically acclaimed debut, Quaye resurfaced with Vanguard; a new outlook and musical vision were well rounded and a maturation marked the result. Much More Than Much Love followed in 2004 and included the single "Dice." The song featured contributions from Beth Orton and William Orbit and became a minor hit. Although it would be another eight years before he delivered a follow-up album, 2008 saw the release of both a new EP, Pound for Pound, and a greatest-hits package, The Best of the Epic Years. A release on the French label Sakifo titled 28th February Road finally arrived in 2012, followed two years later by a reggae LP called Royal Rasses, which saw Quaye working with Norman Grant of long-tenured Jamaican act the Twinkle Brothers. An album of demos, appropriately titled Demos, was released in the spring of 2016. ~ John Bush


25 March 1974 in Edinburgh, Scotland

Years Active:

'90s, '00s, '10s