Sunday, February 1, 2015

"Elevate My Mind" By Stereo MC’s

Acclaimed English hip-hop/electronic dance group Stereo MC’s dropped this kinetic rap/dance track back in 1990. The powerful groove is propelled by Matthew Seligman’s super-funky bass line, and drummer Owen If serves up a monstrous beat. And rapper/singer Rob B delivers his creative verses in a smooth, effortless fashion. Additionally, vocalist Cath Coffey brings the funk on the track’s soulful hook. This hot track was blasted at parties and clubs across the UK and also in the states back in the day. And it still gets play at clubs and on many radio stations today.

“Elevate My Mind” was a single from Stereo MC’s second album, Supernatural, which was released in 1990. It was the group’s first successful single, and it had the distinction of being the first British rap song to chart on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, peaking at #39. And it climbed to #36 on the Hot Dance/Maxi-Single Sales chart in the states and peaked at #74 on the UK singles charts. The album received high marks from music critics and praise from hip-hop heads and club/dance music fans. And it helped Stereo MC’s build a strong and loyal fan base. The album also led to the group booking tours with well-known acts such as the Happy Mondays and EMF.

Stereo MC’s achieved even bigger success with their third album, Connected (1992). The collection spawned four major hits for the group, including the title track, which became their biggest hit and what they’re most recognized for. It went to # 18 on the UK singles chart and #20 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. And it made the Top 10 in Austria (#5), Switzerland (#6) and Sweden (#8). Moreover, the album itself performed extremely well on the charts, peaking at #2 on the UK Album charts. And it won the Best British Album at the 1994 Brit Awards.

Stereo MC’s were formed in Clapham, London in 1985 when rapper/songwriter/vocalist Rob B (born Robert Birch) and DJ/producer The Head (born Nicholas Hallam) launched the Gee Street label to promote their music. Shortly thereafter, Gee Street got a distribution deal with the New York-based label 4th & Broadway. Under this deal, Stereo MC’s released several singles before dropping their debut album, 33-45-78, in 1989.

The original lineup for the group upon the release of their debut album was Rob B, The Head, DJ Cesare (born Cesare Marcher), drummer Owen If (born Ian Frederick Rossiter) and vocalist Cath Coffey (born Catherine Coffey). And Andrea Bedassie and Verona Davis provided backing vocals for the group’s live shows. DJ Cesare left Stereo MC’s before they released their album Supernatural. The group released its last album, Emperor’s Nightingale, in 2011.

Stereo MC’s are one of the most prominent and successful hip-hop acts that Great Britain has ever produced. The group's innovative and dynamic sound encompasses a diverse selection of styles, including hip hop, acid jazz, house, club/dance, electronica, alternative dance, trip-hop and alternative rap. The group has influenced a slew of artists in their wake.

Rob B and The Head continue to be highly sought-after producers, and Stereo MC's still blow up the stage at their live concerts. They’re touring this year and already have some dates lined up in March.  For more info about Stereo MC’s and concert dates, check out their website.

Stereo MC's burn up the stage with an electrifying performance of "Elevate My Mind" at Cambridge Junction.

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