As we start another week we're reminiscing on the UKG noughties classic ‘All I Want’ by British Girl Group Mis-Teeq.
All I Want was originally recorded as an R&B track for their 2001 debut album ‘Lickin’ On Both Sides’ however thanks to a remix by UK Garage hitmakers Sunship, the ladies found themselves with a huge party anthem. It was standard procedure for R&B acts to have remixes of their songs to suit various styles of the clubbing experience, and although the original R&B version didn’t cause any waves amongst the likes of TLC, or Destiny’s Child, it’s fair to say the Sunship remix gave Mis-Teeq access into the world of the UK Garage scene.
The video found the girls hanging out in their bedroom with Su-Elise posing in front of the mirror only to disappear into a mirror with the other girls chasing her into the land of a real music video, with the girls dressed to impress with dancers and the full girl group package. The backdrop is white and gold and as Alesha Dixon spits her raps the backdrop changes to a variety of pinks and purples which continues until Su-Elise wakes up with the girls back in the bedroom and she says ‘I just had a really weird daydream’.
Despite the fact that ‘All I Want’ wasn’t received as an R&B song, it went onto become one of their biggest chart hits thanks to being a UK Garage party anthem. It climbed upto the no.2 on the national charts selling over 200,000 copies giving the ladies Silver certification. Mis-Teeq performed on shows such as CD-UK along with lots of radio promotion all of which helped the song to become the commercial chart hit it was, but at the same time it was respected in clubland hence why it’s still a favorite across R&B clubs London.
Today ‘All I Want’ is featured on compilation albums where its celebrated for being a UK Garage classic and whenever Alesha Dixon isn’t busy hosting Dance, Dance, Dance UK or being a judge on Britain’s Got Challenge, she loves to make surprise appearances rapping on stage with her famous I am more ‘m-m-m-move your b-b-b-body, or firing it up and away we go’.
Its been another busy weekend of R&B parties across Londons nightlife and we’re full of #MondayMotivation thanks to Sean Paul’s newest single ‘No Lie’ giving us dancehall vibes to brighten up those Monday blues. The Jamaican MC has been featured on countless hit singles throughout the charts in 2016 including collaborations with artist from around the globe whilst also making time for UK acts such as Little Mix, and Clean Bandit who have enjoyed a marathon stint at no.1 thanks to ‘Rockabye’ but have now finally been knocked off by Ed Sheeran. Sean’s no.1 single with Sia ‘Cheap Thrills’ is still a favourite at our London Groove Laurel Lounge parties in the city, and now he’s teamed up with eclectic singer Dua Lipa lending her pop vocal style which is a big hit in her home of Albania. The singer has millions of views on YouTube with her solo music so it’s no wonder why he's chosen to feature her on ‘No Lie’ as she looks set to have more commercial success for 2017.
The single is produced by Pip Kembo and Sermstyle who has contributed to hits for Pitbull, Fleur East, Flo-Rida and more so now he’s creating a reggae fusion merging the energy of Dancehall beats with R&B tinged melodies and Electronic euphoria which is the style stars like Drake, Major Lazer, Justin Bieber and many more have been experimenting with.
Sean Paul premiered the video for ‘No Lie’ 5 days ago, and in less than a week the video has generated over 7millions views on YouTube with the MC deciding 'I Am More' while showing off his shaved off head. Yes that’s right after more than a decade rocking braids Mr. Paul has finally cut them off and returned to the skinhead he had during the early days of his dancehall career.
Rhyming in a room full of mirrors looking stylish in a white jacket, Sean compliments his love interest about how good she looks ‘no lie, gyal we never miss, feel your eyes, they’re all over me, get the vibe, its gonna be lit tonight, gyal we never miss, No Li-i-i-ie’. The single is already in the UK top 40 and climbing up the top 20 of charts in Canada, Germany and many more, so watch this space as the promotional campaign for the song begins and DJs start pumping across UK clubland.
It’s #FlashbackFriday and we are taking things right back with the man who really helped to kick start the new jack swing era thanks to the vision and rhythm and Teddy Riley, its none other than Bobby Brown and his groundbreaking single “My Prerogative” taking from his legendary debut album ‘Don’t Be Cruel’.
Released on October 11th 1988 Bobby was on a mission to prove that "I Am More" than just a boyband member, so having left the teen sensation New Edition who were dominating the charts with anthems such as ‘Mr. Telephone Man’, ‘Candy Girl’ and many more, Mr Brown was ready to put the teeny bopper music behind him and help to define a whole new era in music.
Teaming up with Teddy Riley was one of the best decisions Bobby Brown ever made, the New York producer funked up the single thanks to his love of P-Funk, James Brown and Hip Hop he was able to create high energy drum arrangements, with a variety of sounds including dramatic synth melodies and of course that grooving bassline with Bobby Brown singing about making his own decisions and fueling the song with a swag of ‘they think I’m crazy, I really don’t care, that’s my prerogative, they say I’m nasty but I don’t give a damn, getting girls is how I live’.
Teddy Riley birthed New Jack Swing through this single which was showcased by Bobby Brown’s My Prerogative video featuring the singer performing live on stage with his headset microphone, arriving from an elevator dressed to impress wearing an all black designer jumpsuit with a silver broach and his high top fade hair style all of which became the style of New Jack Swing chic, sleek and full of swag loved across London Groove parties in the city.
Bobby Brown was full of energy dancing up and down the stage, gyrating, and doing popular club moves with his dancers which really proved his strength as a solo star. Having been in the shadows of Ralph Tresvant who was the frontman of New Edition, its fair to say Brown made his mark in the biggest way possible and scored a massive no.1 hit in the USA, plus top 10 in Germany, The UK, New Zealand and many more. He was nominated for numerous awards and became the hottest sensation in R&B making him the biggest entertainer at the time, so Bobby Brown we salute you!
#MondayMotivation is back for 2017 and as we are getting settled into the second week of the New Year we are full optimism for the things we would like to do, and it would seem 19 year old Zara Larsson is on the same page with her new singe ‘I Would Like’ which is burning up dance floors and shooting up the charts.
The Swedish singer and songwriter has been no stranger to the charts since featuring on the Tinie Tempah’s ‘Girl Like’ which charted in the top ten and has been in regular rotation across R&B clubs London. Zara’s pop single ‘Lush Life’ is still a huge hit across the world with heavy rotation on radio, and TV.
Zara has been busy promoting her new dance-pop single ‘I Would Like’ where she cheekily borrows from the Dancehall anthem ‘Dat Sexy Body’ by Jamaican singer Sasha, using the famous chorus ‘I would like to get to know you baby, like to get under your sexy body’. Singing about what her sexual fantasies which she states are human nature as she tells her love interest that she wants to be on her worst behavior with him. I Would Like is produced by the Grammy winning duo The Monsters & Strangerz who have crafted hits for the likes of Jennifer Lopez, Jason Derulo, Selena Gomez, Fifth Harmony, Pitbull, Kanye West and many more. Putting an electronic spin on Zara’s single has helped the song to climb up International charts contending with the likes of DJ Snake, Major Lazer, Chainsmokers, Justin Bieber to name only a few who have borrowed for Dancehall culture to secure a top ten hit.
Zara’s team were able to debut ‘I Would Like’ with a performance on the X Factor results show last November which pushed the song upto into the national charts where it’s currently sitting at no.3, along with top ten’s in Belgium, Ireland, Scotland, and her homeland of Sweden where the song has reached Gold status, and the same in Australia with Silver in the United Kingdom. It’s fair to say Zara Larsson is on a winning streak with her collaboration singles in DJ Playlists and her solo singles gaining her millions of streams of Spotify, Apple Music and YouTube. I Would Like still has no video, but her lyrics video alone has over 7million views proving the success of this warm up party anthem.
It's Christmas weekend and festive fun is what people will be having worldwide as families get together and people shake a leg across clubland. This weekends choice is the perfect party anthem that best reflects the objective of every person over Christmas, which is none other than the disco classic “Good Times” by Chic.
Released in the summer of 1979, music producers Nile Rodgers & Bernard Edwards created one of the most famous basslines in black music, which transcended beyond disco and contributed to helping define a new genre known as Hip Hop.
Nile Rogers wanted to create a song to uplift people from the economic depression that was being experienced in the late 70s, so he decided to base the lyrics of the verse on Milton Ager’s “Happy Days Are Here Again”. As soon as this party classic gets played by DJs across R&B clubs London people can’t wait to sing the infectious chorus ‘Good Times, these are the good times, leave your cares behind, these are the good times’.
Good Times has been the theme of many Christmas parties this season, and with New Years Eve parties fast approaching you can expect to hear Chic’s infamous song and classic bassline dominating dancefloors. Had it not been for this song, Hip Hop would still be nameless as The Sugar Hill Gang were inspired to sample the bass and use it for their song ‘Rappers Delight’ helping to brand the new sound underground as ‘hip hop hippie, to the hip hip hop you don’t stop’ in 1979 making it the first rap record to ever be recorded and released.
Chic’s Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards sued the Sugar Hill Gang and Sugar Hill Records for copyright infringement, which was eventually settled out of court with both producers receiving songwriter credits. Originally Nile witnessed the Sugarhill Gang and Fab Five Freddy having fun rhyming over the track at a party in with dancers breakdancing and MC’s freestyling over his track. So when he attended yet another club and heard the DJ play a record with his very own bassline accompanied by raps he instantly approached the DJ.
However today Nile has admitted that ‘Rappers Delight’ is “one of his favorite songs of all time” and people around the world feel exactly the same about ‘Good Times’ as it’s the song that lifts the mood of any party and continues to help us celebrate special occasions such as Christmas.
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