Classics: The Chimes – Heaven (Heavy Club Mix) (CBS)
The end of the 80’s / beginning of the 90’s saw the Brits getting into an unprecedented (and probably) unequaled period of bulimia productionwise. Eventually redefining genres (ie Brit-Soul, as compared to US R&B). But also resurrecting some rare grooves, from US Soul Music if not Jazz. When not creating others later on such as Jungle/Drum & Bass, UK Garage or Trip-Hop…
Hailing from Scotland, The Chimes (Pauline Henry, Mike Peden and James Locke) are most likely to be found in the first category. This alongside groups such as Soul II Soul, D-Influence and Yo-Yo Honey. If not Young Disciples and Brand New Heavies, although one would tend to link them more or less with Acid-Jazz.
Taken from their 1989 eponymous debut album (which would be their only one), ‘Heaven’ happened to be their biggest success, with ‘1.2.3’ to a lesser extend. With thanks to Pauline, served by one of the most beautiful voices from the U.K. along with Mica Paris and Sarah-Ann Webb (D-Influence). But also to Peter Hinds (Atmosfear, Light Of The World) responsible for this killer remix. With David Morales eventually givin’ it additional remixes Stateside.
A native of Jamaica, Pauline Henry relocated to London with her family by the age of 10. She eventually worked as a hair stylist and make-up artist before starting her recording career. By then, Edinburgh-based Mike Peden and James Locke were looking to form a band were lookin’ for a suitable vocalist. They eventually came to meet her after hearing her voice on the phone. And soon after forged a deal with Henry contributing to songwriting.
Their debut-single, ‘1.2.3.’ received the production treatment by the likes of Soul II Soul pair Jazzie B and Nellee Hooper. But it was their version of U2‘s ‘I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For’ that would get them under the spotlights. Soon after they came to release their eponymous debut-album featuring the memorable ‘Heaven’. Alas, the poor reaction surrounding their following singles led them to split in 1991.
Emabrking on a solo career, Pauline Henry released a total of 2 solo albums – ‘Pauline’ and ‘Do Over’ – in 1994 and 1996. With her cover version of Bad Company‘s ‘Feel Like Makin’ Love’ standing as her biggest success to date.
‘Heaven’ eventually resurfaced in 2017 with remixing work courtesy of DJ Spen and Gary Hudgins.
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