10 Songs, 44 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Soul II Soul’s debut is a snapshot of club music in 1989. The Bristol, UK collective gives rise to soaring vocals from Caron Wheeler, who voices the world-weary yet optimistic title track and the sunny soul of “Back to Life.” Meanwhile, master of ceremonies Jazzie B pushes the party forward, rapping on “Feeling Free” and holding court like a Jamaican deejay on “Dance.” Then there are the sinuous acid house beats and flute solos of “African Dance” that simply command you to move—no voices required.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Soul II Soul’s debut is a snapshot of club music in 1989. The Bristol, UK collective gives rise to soaring vocals from Caron Wheeler, who voices the world-weary yet optimistic title track and the sunny soul of “Back to Life.” Meanwhile, master of ceremonies Jazzie B pushes the party forward, rapping on “Feeling Free” and holding court like a Jamaican deejay on “Dance.” Then there are the sinuous acid house beats and flute solos of “African Dance” that simply command you to move—no voices required.

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