Formed from one half of the now departed Big Brovaz, who graced us for not very long (but more than enough) with their diluted hip-pop nonsense that did unfortunately well in the charts back in 2003, Cherise and Nadia follow a basic formula of pilfering soul classics or potential pop hits and hurling a sky-scraper sized house beat behind them, creating an album that harks back to simpler times. An age when all you needed was a woman in a boob tube hollering over a disco classic and you'd find yourself on the middle of a Now That's What I Call Music compilation and end up performing your track on Top of The Pops as it smashed in at number 17.
Squeezing their hit singles 'Boogie 2 Nite', 'Shine' and 'Don't Mess With My Man', alongside nine album tracks, with three re-mixes thrown in for good measure, it's unsurprising that the record is an overly-long mixed bag of tunes, ranging from the mindlessly monotonous to the glitterball-shaking, fabulously funky. However, let us not quibble over the occasional slip-ups and flatter tunes, because on the whole this album is a rollicking good ride. It's cheap, it's trashy, it probably sounds best after seven pints of cider and black down your local student union, but what the heck, it sure is fun!
The girls are at their best when they keeps things simple. Their reworking of Luther Vandross' soul classic 'Shine' is an up-tempo, high-velocity ride through a flurry of electronic beats, thumping bass lines and sweet vocal harmonies. Likewise, their cover of the Tweet (Remember her? If you don't, hunt down her filth-packed 'Oops (Oh My)' on YouTube) tune 'Boogie 2 Nite', is an uncompromising nightclub-stomper, practically dragging the listener kicking and screaming onto the dancefloor with its bouncing rhythm and teasing vocals. The girls beckon us to "stare if we want to" as the track kicks into booty-shaking overdrive on the chorus.
Touted as the next single, 'Some Kinda Rush' sounds like a lost Kylie classic, all buzzing robotics, horn-inducing vocals, and a chorus with pop-goodness seeping out of its every pore. If it doesn't get released, then it's worth hunting down the album, just for this alone. Likewise, 'A Little Bit' is a stonking, euphoric floor-filler with a speak-to-the-hand attitude that commands your arms into a big-fish, little-fish motion.
The perfect accompaniment to a three litre bottle of cherryade, a pack of Haribo, some hairbrushes, a large mirror and a gang of your bestest mates, Boogie 2 Nite is a non-stop party and we're all invited.