Thursday, March 14, 2013

Already Been Here Too Many Times Before

It's strange to think it's almost a year since concrete information about the 'original' Sugababes reunion began to surface. It was a few months until Mutya Keisha and Siobhan officially confirmed that they were reforming under the dubious moniker Mutya Keisha Siobhan.

Since then, there have been assurances that we would hear new material "very soon" and vague details of collaborations with a mouth-watering roster of artists and producers, including Dev Hynes, Shaznay Lewis, Cameron McVey, Emeli Sandé, Naughty Boy, Richard X, William Orbit and MNEK.

However, the closest we've come to new material has been an 'a capella' version of a track called 'Boys' uploaded in January. Until now, that is.

Today, man-of-the-moment Devonté Hynes uploaded a track to his Soundcloud that sees Mutya Keisha Siobhan put a spin on Kendrick Lamar's signature tune 'Swimming Pools (Drank)'. A veritable feast for the ears, the supposedly spur-of-the-moment studio cut is reason enough to get excited all over again at the prospect of a new album from these ladies.

For one thing, all three sound in full voice and their vocals blend together just as harmoniously as they did on their first and only album 'One Touch' over a decade ago. Furthermore, Siobhan's solo on the middle eight harks back to the best of her own solo material and suggests that a democratic approach to the new album may pay dividends.

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