Full Force Marshals New-School Army
For the first time since 1995's "Sugar on Top" (Calibre Records), Full Force -- the Brooklyn, N.Y.-based group comprising the George brothers (Bowlegged Lou, Paul Anthony, and Brian, aka "B-Fine") andFor the first time since 1995's "Sugar on Top" (Calibre Records), Full Force -- the Brooklyn, N.Y.-based group comprising the George brothers (Bowlegged Lou, Paul Anthony, and Brian, aka "B-Fine") and cousins Curt-t-t Bedeau, "Baby" Gerry Charles, and Junior "Shy Shy" Clark -- returns with the release of the aptly titled "Still Standing" on Forceful/TVT Records.
The album, slated for June 26, features four classic Full Force performances (including 1985's "Alice, I Want You Just for Me" and 1986's "Temporary Love Thing"), six top-10 singles produced by the group (among them, 1985's "Roxanne, Roxanne" by UTFO, "I Wonder If I Take You Home" by Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam, and 'N Sync's "I Just Want to Be With You"), and six new recordings.
The new recordings include "No Other Love Will Do" (with DreamWorks artist Sole), the Paul Anthony-led ballad "Kiss It Where It Hurts," and two versions of the 1977 Floaters classic, "Float On": The Girls That Live in the Club mix with Silkk the Shocker, Funkmaster Flex, Method Man, Allure, and Full Force artist Bambue and the Classic Ballad mix with Gerald Levert, Kevon Edmonds, Montell Jordan, and Ginuwine. Shorter versions of the two mixes were released as a promo single to radio May 4.
A maxi-single, scheduled to drop in July, features all the Full Force remixes of the song. These include the Women Speak mix with Regina Belle, Vesta, actress Vivica A. Fox, radio personality Miss Jones, and Full Force artist Reynada Hill; an Instrumental Plus mix with Najee, Nile Rodgers, Bobbi Humphrey, and George Duke; and a Props and Respect mix featuring Meli'sa Morgan, Isaac Hayes, and the original Floaters.
Bowlegged Lou says recording the Floaters hit is something he's wanted to do for a long time. "When I got together with the original Floaters, we went into the same Detroit studio where they did 'Float On.' We also had the same engineer and the same microphone that was used to record the original. It was an emotional thing for me and them."
Lou adds that while they were eager to use old-school acts throughout the album, the Full Force members also wanted to include younger hip-hop artists. "We're not dumb," he says. "That's why we're coming with a double single. We can't come back with a new album full of new stuff, which is what a lot of old artists will do. That's great because you want to stay true. But we have to have a lot of guest stars to make it appealing because that's the kind of world we're living in.
"We surprised everybody by doing production for pop acts like Britney Spears, the Backstreet Boys, and 'N Sync," he continues. "But I think we're going to surprise everybody on the black side with this project."