The Brand New Heavies: 'Get Used to It'

From 'Get Used to It'

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The British funk and soul group The Brand New Heavies has been flying a little below the U.S. radar since the height of their popularity, when their 1992 hit single "Never Stop" broke into the American R&B charts.

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hide captionThe Brand New Heavies' third album went platinum in Britain just before singer N'Dea Davenport, front, left the group in 1994 to pursue a solo career. The group has reunited for their new CD Get Used to It.

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The Brand New Heavies' third album went platinum in Britain

The Brand New Heavies' third album went platinum in Britain just before singer N'Dea Davenport, front, left the group in 1994 to pursue a solo career. The group has reunited for their new CD Get Used to It.

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But now, after more than a decade apart, the three original band members — U.K. natives Jan Kincaid, Simon Bartholomew and Andrew Love Levy — and powerful vocalist and Atlanta native N'Dea Davenport have reunited for a new CD, Get Used to It.

The group got its start as an instrumental band in the mid-1980s. A few years later, the band found its voice with the addition of Davenport on vocals. The group's third album went platinum in Britain just before Davenport left for a solo career.

Levy says the group's sound is heavily influenced by U.S. funk and soul, and in Europe it evolved into a genre dubbed rare groove.

"It's soul music, but it's funky and it's got a little bit of jazz — it's uplifting," he says.

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  • Album: Get Used to It
  • Artist: The Brand New Heavies
  • Label: Delicious Vinyl
  • Released: 2006
 

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