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Brand New Heavies

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.

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. Released in 1994, 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. A two-disc album, Live in London, appeared in 2009. During the next decade, the band recorded an album of library music-style funk instrumentals, titled Dunk Your Trunk (2011), as well as Forward (2013), a proper studio album featuring lead vocals from Davenport and Dawn Joseph. Joseph was the main singer on 2014's Sweet Freaks, the group's first release on the Earmusic label. ~ Jason Ankeny
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Get Used to It

1. We've Got

2. I Don't Know Why (I Love You)

3. Get Used to It

4. Sex God

5. Let's Do It Again

6. We Won't Stop

7. Right On

8. Music

9. I Just Realized

10. All Fired Up

11. Love Is

12. I've Been Touched

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Track List: All Abouthefunk

1. Boogie

2. Need Some More

3. Waste My Time

4. Keep On Shining

5. What Do You Take Me For?

6. Surrender

7. Many Rivers To Cross

8. How Do You Think

9. Every Time We Turn It Up

10. It Could Be Me

11. I Feel Right

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Track List: Trunk Funk Classics 1991-2000

1. Finish What You Started

2. Brother Sister

3. Put The Funk Back In It

4. Stay This Way

5. Back To Love

6. Have A Good Time

7. Bonafide Funk (Feat. Main Source)

8. Never Stop

9. Forever

10. Dream On Dreamer

11. Sometimes (Remix - Feat. Q-Tip)

12. Gimmie One Of Those

13. Soul Flower (Feat. The Pharcyde)

14. Dream Come True '92

15. Saturday Nite (Remix - Feat. Mos Def)

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Track List: In Tha Beginning...

1. BNH

2. Gimme One Of Those

3. Dream Come True

4. Put The Funk Back In It

5. People Get Ready

6. Ride In The Sky

7. Sphynx

8. Stay This Way

11. BNH (Live)

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Track List: Shelter

1. I Like It

2. Sometimes

3. Shelter

4. Crying Water

5. Day By Day

6. Feels Like Right

7. Highest High

8. You Are The Universe

9. Stay Gone

10. Once Is Twice Enough

11. You Can Do It

12. After Forever

13. Last To Know

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Track List: Brother Sister

1. Have A Good Time

2. Brother Sister

3. Dream On Dreamer

4. Ten Ton Take

5. Mind Trips

6. Fake

7. Spend Some Time

8. Los Burritos

9. Back To Love

10. Snake Hips

11. Keep Together

12. People Giving Love

13. Forever

14. Day Break

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Track List: Heavy Rhyme Experience: Vol.1 [Explicit]

1. Bonafied Funk

2. It's Gettin Hectic

3. Who Makes The Loot?

4. Wake Me When I'm Dead

5. Jump N' Move

6. Death Threat

7. State Of Yo

8. Do Whatta I Gotta Do

9. Whatgabouthat

10. Soul Flower

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Track List: Addicted (Single)

1. Addicted

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Track List: Dunk Your Trunk

1. School's Out

2. Milf Shake

3. Sunset Star

4. High Rollin'

5. Dunk Your Funk

6. Big Girls Don't Cry

7. Soho Strut

8. Montecarlo Mist

9. Cafe Luxe

10. Trip Wire

11. Fruit Cake

12. Fancy Pants

13. Play Away

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Track List: Dunk Your Trunk Remixed

1. Soho Strut (Empresarios Remix)

2. Sunset Star (Daytoner Remix)

3. Milf Shake (Omegaman Remix)

4. Big Girls Don't Cry (PulpFusion Feat. Lorenzo Medici Remix)

5. Trip Wire (Skeewiff Remix)

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Track List: Forward!

1. Forward

2. Sunlight (Full Length Heavies Mix)

3. Do You Remember

4. On the One

5. A Little Funk in Your Pocket

6. Addicted

7. Lifestyle

8. Itziné

9. The Way It Goes

10. Lights

11. Turn the Music Up

12. Heaven

13. Spice of Life

14. One More for the Road

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Track List: Heavy Rhyme Experience Vol.1

1. Bonafied Funk

2. It's Gettin Hectic

3. Who Makes The Loot?

5. Jump 'N' Move

6. Death Threat

7. State Of Yo

9. Whatgabouthat

10. Soul Flower

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Track List: Original Flavour

1. Rest Of Me

2. Put Yourself In My Shoes

3. Reality

4. Country Funkin'

5. Got To Give

6. Mother's Tongue

7. Dream Come True

8. Never Stop (Jan Kincaid Vocal)

9. Headhunters (Live)

10. A Day At The Seaside

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Track List: Sunlight (Single)

1. Sunlight

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Track List: The Brand New Heavies

1. BNH

2. Dream Come True

3. People Get Ready

4. Never Stop

5. Put The Funk Back In It

6. Gimmie One Of Those

7. Ride In The Sky

8. Sphynx

9. Stay This Way

10. Shakedown

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The Violators; Such a Vibrant Thing 1998( influence of the rythym of this song).
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Sweet!!!
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