Rising from the U.K. garage scene with several top 10 hits, vocal trio Mis-Teeq slinked its way stateside with "Scandalous," currently No.

Rising from the U.K. garage scene with several top 10 hits, vocal trio Mis-Teeq slinked its way stateside with "Scandalous," currently No. 40 on The Billboard Hot 100, after earning Greatest Gainer sales last issue. Instantly seductive, the song builds tension with stuttering strings and a disco siren before the chorus arrives in sensible shoes–– turns out "a little conversation, baby" is what these girls are after. The snappy beats and G-rated pillow talk continue throughout the trio's self-titled U.S. debut. Compiling tracks from two previous U.K. albums, "Mis-Teeq" revels in pop, R&B, dancehall ("Just Not Me" featuring Baby Sham) and drum'n'bass lite ("Dance Your Cares Away"). All the booty-shaking female empowerment is a welcome throwback to another crazy, sexy, cool trio: For Mis-Teeq, like TLC before them, the one-night stand starts and stops on the dancefloor.—JM

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