Those Blazin Squad boys really want us to believe they’re street tough rascals but when you discover who’s been writing their songs, all that urban coolness flies straight out the window.
Not only has most of their upcoming album been produced by Absolute, the men behind Geri Halliwell, Abs and Spice Girls, their new single, ‘Love On The Line’, has been co-written by a man who penned a flop Eurovision song!
Songwriter Russ Ballard was responsible for the dodgy track, ‘No Dream Impossible’, which Lyndsay D performed at last year’s Eurovision Song Contest. Unsurprisingly, the song, met a sorry end, coming 15th in the competition in Copenhagen.
Recently the boys revealed that although their first couple of singles are pretty soppy affairs, their album will feature a tougher sound.
“We’ve gone for a loot of styles” Kenzie revealed. “We’ve gone for rap, hip hop, drum & bass, R&B, garage, a bit of something for everyone, really. It’s not rough music. We don’t come from that background. We don’t talk about guns.”
“We’re not gonna release ‘Crossroads’ then follow it up with a gangsta tune. I think it’d be the same kind of vibe but just a bit more upbeat. Something people could dance to a bit more.”
The boys from Blazin Squad, when asked who they would like to get to do some serious rapping for them, all wanted either Alesha Dixon from Mis-Teeq or Eve.
“Alesha’s sexy, man. She raps so fine, so smooth. It’ll go down well.” That line’s from Strider.
Reepa chipped in “Another one I have to say is Eve. I mean, come on, she’s like the queen of rap or something.”
Predictions are coming in that seem to hint that the North London collective, Blazin’ Squad are likely to score one of the biggest hits of the year.
The ten member outfit, who are all awaiting their GCSE results, are known as MC Freek, Melo-d, Strider, Reepa, Krazy, Spike-e, Flava, Rocky B, Kenzie and DJ Tommy B. They are all products of the Highams Park school and have been together for two years.
So what’s their story? Well, their story is one to put world leaders to shame, having formed from two rival freestyling gangs who put their play-fights to one side and united together. Evenings and weekends spent at the centre of explosive under-18 “raves” and pirate radio communities gave them the skills to put their stylings to productive use. And they didn’t have to wait long for a record deal to come their way.
Their first single, ‘Crossroads’ is a reworking of the Bone, Thugs-N-Harmony classic of 1996, which was itself a huge international hit and one of the biggest-selling singles in the history of the US chart.
Given Bone, Thugs-N-Harmony’s superlative vocal skills, the decision to cover this tune might seem like a strange one. As DJ Tommy explains “I heard the track on MTV and took it to the boys. They thought it was heavy. It’s such a great track.”