The Brand New Heavies began in the 1980s as an instrumental acid jazz group called Brother International. The group came up with the Heavies name after signing their first record contract, borrowing from a liner note on a James Brown single declaring the artist ‘Minister of New Super Heavy Funk’. As The Brand New Heavies, they gained a cult following in the London club scene and soon signed to Cooltempo as acid jazz replaced rare groove in clubs. The band would issue a debut recording for Eddie Pillar's Acid Jazz label in 1990 with Jay Ella Ruth as lead singer.
The group's appearance with MC Serch (formerly of 3rd Bass) and Q-Tip (of A Tribe Called Quest) at a performance in New York City, inspired the group to incorporate elements of hip hop music. Their next album was the critically acclaimed Heavy Rhyme Experience, Vol. 1, which included collaborations with Guru of Gang Starr and The Pharcyde, among others, but lacked any female vocals.
In April 2006, the Brand New Heavies reunited with N'Dea Davenport and former label Delicious Vinyl. A new album, Get Used to It was released on 27 June 2006 via a large coffee chain and more traditional music retail outlets. The album was recorded in New York and London; and the lead single ‘I Don't Know Why (I Love You)’ was issued in early May. The single was notable for being one of very few late releases to feature the trademarked ‘A Tom Moulton Mix’, as the legendary disco pioneer had been asked to contribute mixes.
“Jump N Move”
Performed by the Brand New Heavies
Courtesy of Delicious Vinyl
Written by Simon Bartholomew, Jan Kincaid, Andrew Levy and Jamal Mitchell
Published by Atal Music and Basehead Music, administered by Universal Music Publishing
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