M People
Elegant Slumming


4.0
excellent

Review

by HolidayKirk USER (151 Reviews)
June 24th, 2015 | 10 replies


Release Date: 1993 | Tracklist

Review Summary: For Tomorrow: A Guide to Contemporary British Music, 1988-2013 (Part 7.5)

M People’s Elegant Slumming has no legacy. Despite spawning nothing but top 10 hits (including two US dance number ones) and going triple platinum, Elegant Slumming’s diva house doesn’t fit in with the britpop ascendancy narrative prescribed to 1993. With Blur’s Modern Life is Rubbish and Suede’s debut album setting the stage, 93 was the primer to Britpop’s formal 94 breakthrough. M People on the other hand, were too pop and too frivolous to have any serious stake in the times. It’s been quietly forgotten about and it’s only real claim to a legacy today might be that it upset Blur’s Parklife for the 1994 Mercury Music Prize.

It’s a shame because as a pop-dance album Elegant Slumming might even surpass Soul II Soul’s Club Classics Vol. One as the most solid full length the genre produced. Opening with the mighty “One Night in Heaven”, which I can only assume used to send packed clubs into bedlam, M People present their key strength in Heather Small’s powerful, distinctive vocals. She sounds amazing deliver the confident get-the-***-outs of “Movin On Up” (“Take it like a man baby if that’s what you are”) as she does calm and collected on the quiet storm “Love’s in My Soul”. Mike Pickering and Paul Herd take up their role as shadowy producers and turn in beats that bear the distinct marks of early 90’s pop-dance (were producers passing around keyboard patches or something") but make room for live saxophone and flute solos to spice things up. Smooth R&B joint “Natural Thing” and the proto-Remedy “La Vida Loca” also guaranteed interest once the singles have been left behind.

While maybe not an essential listen, Elegant Slumming is proof positive that there was more happening in the UK in ‘93 than boys making guitar sounds. If you need a blast of early 90s diva-house but don’t want to be as obvious as C+C Music Factory or Snap!, reach for M People’s Elegant Slumming.



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HolidayKirk
June 24th 2015


1722 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Twitter/Instagram: @HolidayKirk



That's how "not a legacy" this band has. I had to add them to the database myself.

LotusFlower
June 24th 2015


12001 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Never heard of these guys... but it doesn't seem like Sputnik has either. Gonna check em out, great review as always Kirk.

TwigTW
June 24th 2015


3771 Comments


This is a great album dance album. “Colour My Life” is my favorite. I agree; it holds its own against Club Classics Vol. One—too bad this one is forgotten. It’s aged so much better than Snap! and C+C Music Factory.

Digging: Kishi Bashi - Omoiyari

LotusFlower
June 24th 2015


12001 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is pretty groovy

Sinternet
August 24th 2015


19678 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I always used to hear this album as a kid. Has a lot of solid dance tracks, although I'm more of a Snap! fan tbh



DoofusWainwright
February 27th 2016


19991 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Female singer has deeper voice than me = scared

TwigTW
February 27th 2016


3771 Comments


^Avoid Marrianne Faithfull at all costs.

LotusFlower
February 28th 2016


12001 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"Female singer has deeper voice than me = scared"



do u sound like some super squeaky slice of mayo'd wonder bread?

DoofusWainwright
February 28th 2016


19991 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Just put my voice on ArsM's thread so check for yo self

LotusFlower
February 28th 2016


12001 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

well i'll be damned.



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