Soul II Soul is a 2-time Grammy winning act that emerged at the end of the 1980s from London. The group initially attracted attention as a sound system, playing records at house and street parties (where their clothing style - dubbed "Funki Dred" - quickly made a splash, inspiring them to start a line of clothing). Founded by Jazzie B and featuring a changing roster of other musicians - notably Nellee Hooper Simon Law and Caron Wheeler - Soul II Soul's experiments in music-making of their own resulted in the dub plate "Fairplay," which secured them a deal with Virgin Records. They had huge hits in 1989 with the singles "Keep on Movin'" and "Back to Life (However Do You Want Me)," both from their debut album Club Classics Vol. I. These songs (both featuring Wheeler on vocals) set the tone for early 90s mainstream dance music in the UK.
Their follow-up album, Vol. II: 1990 - A New Decade, yielded the hits "Get A Life" and "A Dream's A Dream," the latter featuring operatic vocals by...
Track listing: Back to Life (However Do You Want Me)Keep on Movin'Get a LifeMissing YouJust RightPeopleFairplayJazzie's GrooveWishKeep on Movin' (Mafia & Fluxy mix)Fairplay (Ethnic Boys mix)Back to Life (bonus beats)Move Me No MountainA Dreams a Dream
Track listing: Keep on Movin' (feat. Caron Wheeler)Fairplay (feat. Rose Windross)Feel Free (feat. Do'Reen)Back to Life (a cappella)African DanceHappiness (Dub)DanceJazzie's GrooveHoldin' On (Bambelela)Feeling Free (Live Rap)