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Guardians of Dalliance

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Hailing from the Midlands, ‘Guardians of Dalliance’ consists of James Mitton-Wade, Mike Hall and Sophie Perks. James had already established himself with Moving Shadow as part of the Essence of Aura trio (the other members being Ian Scott and Tim Grantham) who released ‘Let Love Shine Through/So this is Love’ (Shadow 61) which Omni Trio remixed (Shadow 61R).

Essence of Aura disbanded when Ian went to the States leaving James to establish himself as a widely respected solo artist. Using the sobriquet ‘Carlito’, he released these instantly acclaimed works on Fabio’s label ‘Creative Source’ from ‘95 onwards: ‘Carlito’s Way / Heaven / Grapevine / Introspective / Fall Down’.
Meanwhile, in Derby, Mike worked as a studio engineer influencing projects including Mike Pickering & Graham Park (of M People), Wycliffe (the soul singer) and 808 State. With this formidable experience behind him Mike made his way to Coventry where met James. It would be a further five years before they fulfilled their promise to work together. Sophie was visiting from Birmingham to work with some other musicians and was promptly approached by James and Mike when they heard her vocals.
Guardians of Dalliance first single release for Moving Shadow was ‘Laid Up’ (Shadow 94) which the E-Z Rollers remixed (Shadow 94R).

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