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Harlem 1 Stop

by Rick Dunn
EDGE Community Editor
Monday Oct 27, 2008
Harlem 1 Stop

British remixing duo Bimbo Jones has successfully claimed a huge chunk of dance-floor real estate by rehabbing dozens of pop hits for resale in nightclubs, gay and straight. The top spot on Billboard's Hot Dance Club Play chart has turned into their second home following a string of number one's for Britney Spears ("Piece of Me"), Pink ("U & Ur Hand"), Hilary Duff ("With Love') and Natasha Bedingfield ("These Words"). This month, significant tracks from Pink ("So What"), Christina Aguilera ("Keeps Gettin' Better) and Katy Perry ("Hot 'n' Cold") will be keeping up with the Joneses.

Jones' Lee Dagger and Marc JB - who can boast diverse musical backgrounds - are also interested in entirely new construction. With the permanent addition of singer/songwriter Katherine Ellis, Bimbo Jones has re-established itself as an actual band alternating between traditional instruments and computer wizardry.
Two years ago, the trio collaborated on the UK dance #1 "Harlem 1 Stop," which galvanized the trio's working relationship and serves as the title track to Bimbo's first full-length album, a scorching collection of house music burnished by rock & roll flourishes and Ellis' meaty vocals. Full of personality and mining a rich sonic palette, Harlem 1 Stop is one of 2008's sure-things.

First single - the stomping anthem "And I Try" - has already occupied the number one spot. The addition of Ellis was a smart move. DJ/production teams tend to employ multiple voices on full-length efforts which can prevent the whole from coalescing. Ellis provides not just vocals, but a voice. Her songwriting efforts, including disc's aggressive closer Fuq U, provide lyrical bite.

An EDGE Founding Editor, Rick Dunn’s writing has appeared in Bay Windows, The Windy City Times, Washington Blade, among many others. He also initiated The Boston Globe’s very first (and last) gay column, Out & About in 2001. He was the editor of In Newsweekly from 1996 to 2003.


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