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 Post subject: THE BRAND NEW HEAVIES
 Post Posted: Wed Dec 17, 2008 9:46 pm 
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The Brand New Heavies are all what I see good in music. Since there rise to fame at the dawn of the 90's, I have been a fan ever since. There combinations of all things funk, soul,disco & house were always going to be a winning combination for me. With singers of the pedigree of N'dea Davenport and Siedah Garret passing through the ranks, you could'nt fail to love these funksters....

Pioneers of the London acid jazz scene, the Brand New Heavies translated their love for the funk grooves of the 1970s into a sophisticated sound that carried the torch for classic soul in an era dominated by hip-hop. Formed in 1985 by drummer/keyboardist Jan Kincaid, guitarist Simon Bartholomew, and bassist/keyboardist Andrew Levy -- longtime school friends from the London suburb of Ealing -- the Brand New Heavies were originally an instrumental unit inspired by the James Brown and Meters records its members heard while clubbing the rare groove scene in vogue at the moment. The trio soon began recording their own music, gaining enormous exposure when their demo tracks were spun at the influential Cat in the Hat Club.

Eventually adding a brass section, the Brand New Heavies built a cult following throughout the London club circuit, surviving the shift that saw the rare groove scene fade in the wake of acid house. After an earlier recording deal with Cooltempo yielded the single "Got to Give," the Heavies -- now including vocalist Jay Ella Ruth -- signed with the fledgling indie label Acid Jazz; recorded on a budget of just 8,000 pounds, the group's self-titled LP appeared in 1990 to strong critical acclaim, resulting in a licensing deal with the American company Delicious Vinyl. With Ruth now out of the band, Delicious Vinyl hand-picked N'dea Davenport as her successor, insisting the Heavies re-record tracks from their debut for their first U.S. effort, also an eponymous release that appeared in 1992.
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After scoring at home with "Dream Come True" and "Stay This Way," the single "Never Stop" soon landed on the American R&B charts, with the Heavies the first British group to accomplish such a feat with a debut single since Soul II Soul several years earlier; a subsequent New York performance augmented by rappers Q-Tip (A Tribe Called Quest) and MC Serch (3rd Bass) inspired the group to begin absorbing hip-hop, and that summer they cut Heavy Rhyme Experience, Vol. 1, an album including guest appearances by rappers including Main Source, Gang Starr, Grand Puba, and the Pharcyde.
Image 1994's Brother Sister, which went platinum in Britain, was Davenport's last recording with the Heavies before beginning a solo career; she was replaced by singer Siedah Garrett in time for 1997's Shelter. Two years later, the group reappeared with a British best-of album entitled Trunk Funk: The Best of the Brand New Heavies; the title was recycled the following year for an American compilation, Trunk Funk Classics: 1991-2000, which featured a new song recorded with Davenport. In early 2006 it was announced that Davenport would be reuniting with the group. A new album, Get Used to It, was released later that year and was followed by a tour of the U.K. and Europe

Below is a selected disography of the group. During the 90's, producer's and remixers were queuing up to collaborate with the band. The likes of David Morales, Roger Sanchez, Masters At Work and Graeme Park of The Hacienda fame, all contributed great mixes to there repertoire.....

Got to Give" (1988)
"Dream Come True (Brand New Mix)" (Acid Jazz, 1990, different version from the single 2 years later)
"Never Stop" (1991)
"Stay This Way" (1991)
"Dream Come True '92" (1992)
"Ultimate Trunk Funk EP" (1992) (Stay This Way/Mr. Tanaka/Don't Let It Go...)
"Don't Let It Go to Your Head" (1992)
"Stay This Way" (1992)
"Bonafied Funk/Death Threat" (1992)
"Dream on Dreamer" (1994)
"Back to Love" (1994)
"Midnight at the Oasis" (1994)
"Spend Some Time" (1994)
"Brother Sister" (1994)
"Close to You" (1995)
"Mind Trips" (1995)
"World Keeps Spinning" (1996, from The Truth About Cats & Dogs soundtrack)
"Sometimes" (1997)
"You Are the Universe" (1997)
"You've Got a Friend" (1997)
"Shelter" (1997)
"Top 5 Heavy Hits" (1997)
"You Can Do It" (1997)
"Saturday Nite" (1999)
"Apparently Nothing" (1999)
"Worst Case Scenario/Saturday Nite (Jay Dee Remix)" (2000, split EP with Fat Lip
"What Do You Take Me For" (Flower Records, 2003)
"Boogie" (OneTwo Records/Edel Records, 2004)
"Can We/Sometimes (Bullseye Remixes)" (2005, split EP with SWV
"Surrender" (OneTwo Records, 2005)
"Get Used to It" (2006)
"I Don't Know Why (I Love You)" (2006)

Gonna leave you with one of my favourite tracks from the band. The remix duties fell upon legendary Dj from the UK's Hacienda...Graeme Park

THE BRAND NEW HEAVIES - "BACK TO LOVE" (GRAEME PARK REMIX)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gOhZKFzlFdA

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hi mike.
make you right with BNH.
not many places you could go without hearing the boys.


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darren :D 8)

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Saw The Brand New heavies a couple of times before N'dea Davenport left the group.
They were awesome live. :twisted:
That Parky mix is the bizz.....wore that sucker out! :wink:

Thanks Soul-Boy! :D

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 Post subject: BNH
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Love this group!!!!!

My favs:

"BACK TO LOVE"
"DREAM ON DREAMER"
"MIDNIGHT AT THE OASIS" Roger Sanchez Mix
"YOU ARE THE UNIVERSE" Frankie Knuckles Mix

there are many more!!!!

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 Post subject: Re: BNH
 Post Posted: Thu Dec 18, 2008 9:10 pm 
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Jay Negron wrote:
Love this group!!!!!

My favs:

"BACK TO LOVE"
"DREAM ON DREAMER"
"MIDNIGHT AT THE OASIS" Roger Sanchez Mix
"YOU ARE THE UNIVERSE" Frankie Knuckles Mix

there are many more!!!!


JJ,

Tell me what you think of the Graeme Park mix of "Back To Love". You will find the link at the bottom of my original post!

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