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Originally released last year as a craftily-cultured white label, Misti Blu not only went on to sell over 10,000 copies at a fiver a throw in a matter of weeks; but also reaped praise from the likes of Radio 1 with Mary Anne Hobbs declaring Misti Blu to be the most requested record ever on her Breezeblock show. Repeated plays also came on Pete Tong, The Blue Room and Lamacq Live as well as KISS, XFM and Galaxy.
While the radio waves warmed to its simple breath of emotion, column inches of acclaim accrued with support from such estimable publications as Sleaze Nation, 7, Jockey Slut, Mixmag, Muzik, DJ and I-DJ. All joined hands in appreciation of an unknown Nottingham act and their already sly, shy little classic.
Amillionsons was born late last year when a producer's life was saved by a DJ who ran an Acid Jazz nite. Today, the third member is old enough to get served in pubs and possesses his own guitar, so they are three: Robin Junga, Matt Shelton and Sam Toolan.
Based on, and sampling Dorothy Moores erection section classic, the original white label version of Misti Blu came hot on the heels of amillionsons first vinyl outing, the Steve Lamaqc-championed, Ali-meets-Simpsons, iconic ironic lunatic ali shuffle of Stay Off The Dope.
If Dope dealt with entertainment and the hip hop rumble in the concrete jungle then Misti Blu was the emotional, comfort blanket lying a few feet away in the chill-out bunker. Built around phat 6/8 beats and flamenco bass, it married a cut-up and blow-dried sample of Moores soaring, melancholic vocal with the irreverent but groovy insight of amillionsons and their mates-about-town schmoov, neon heights and souldoubt.
With accolades flying and waves of A&R men encamping upon the East Midlands capital en masse for the first time since the Bent buzz, the boys realised they had to make a decision. Rest on your laurels, take the money and leave the record as it is or have a go at doing what most thought was impossible improving it!
Shamelessly ambitious, they decided on the latter, roping in friends on favours and people who knew a cellist or four. A brief encounter with acclaimed Chicagoan chanteuse Taka Boom led to a sultry second date.
Not only did Ms Boom agree to vocal as a labour of love, she played it to her sister, uberdiva Chaka Khan no less; who insisted on flying from LA to a recording joint in Turnpike Lane to oversee the entire vocal production and add her own inimitable larynx to the plot. For good measure, Chaka also brought over their younger brother Mark Stevens, only Princes principal backing vocalist during the purple patch.
From almost nowhere a white label that had slipped out in the summer of 2001 became bright and a soul-searching; like a whisper weaving through wind-chimes in a breeze laced with gilt-edged strings, soaring melody and soul syncopation of the highest order as it re-united the 3 siblings on record for the first time in over 2 decades
Needless to say, their mates from Nottingham and other converts to the cause, dnb dude Carlito, French house heroes Archigram and Majik Johnson from Shaboom were only too pleased to wreak customary havoc and the remix package kicks like 2 mules.
Previously unreleased Misti Blu single is due for release on London Records on 12th August.