Pharrell returns to seduce the international audience with another mind blowing collaboration, this time with Diploâ€™s Major Lazer.
The Brand New Heavies
Acid jazz and the wave of British sound championed by British DJ Gilles Peterson led, over the years, to a synthesis of soul, jazz, funk and hop hop with pop and the success of artists like Emeli SandÃ© and Jessie Ware.
Now some of the original pioneers are returning to the fray with new productions that recapture the excitement of those early days that are bursting with freshness and an insistent dance vibe. â€¨The Brand New Heavies were one of the acid jazz greats, featuring regularly in the charts and all the major festivals. Their new album Forward! seems calibrated to appeal to a new generation schooled in the values of the revolution they helped spearhead, packed with the energy rush of tracks interpreted by a range of singers.
The band have always been something of a laboratory, helping many young vocalists on the path to success. On ‘Forward’ N’Dea Davenport, one of the rising stars of new English soul, was invited on board alongside Dawn Joseph, one of the Young Turks of British urban music.
The first single from the album, ‘Sunlight’, sung by N’Dea Davenport, is sure to shake the dancefloors this summer.