- Released: June 21, 1989
- Label: Virgin Records Us
Rolling Stone - 7/19/01, p.534.5 stars out of 5
- "...An instant classic...a hip tour of the black music diaspora...dancing between styles, often in the same song....sounding as fresh today as it did in 1989..."
Alternative Press - 7/95, p.116
"...a refreshing mix that transcended house, soul and hip hop without shunning them..."
- 1.Keep on Movin' - (with Caron Wheeler)
- 2.Fairplay - (with Rose Windross)
- 3.Holdin' on Bambelela
- 4.Feelin' Free - (live)
- 5.African Dance
- 7.Feel Free (Do 'Reen)
- 8.Happiness - (dub)
- 9.Back to Life - (a cappella)
- 10.Jazzie's Groove
KEEP ON MOVIN' was originally released in England with the title CLUB CLASSICS VOL. 1.
Personnel: Jazzie B, Caron Wheeler, Do'reen, Rose Windross, Skikisha (vocals); Kushite (flute); Simon Law (piano, keyboards, background vocals); Marco (keyboards); Andrew Levy, Graham Silbinger (bass); Crispin, Za Ovre (percussion); Aitch B, Massive Attack (background vocals); Reggae Philharmonic Orchestra.
Additional engineers: Dubfire, Howie Bernstein.
More a musician's collective than an actual group, Soul II Soul emerged at a crossroads of dub, dance and hip-hop that had bubbled up from the London underground. Fashioned by the core production duo of Jazzie B and Nellee Hooper, KEEP ON MOVIN' weaves together songs that range from the Eurobeat sound of the Pet Shop Boys ("Holdin' On Bambelela") to Afro-Caribbean jazz (which is crossed with drum machines on "African Dance"). Smoothing over Jazzie B's stentorian tone is the crystalline voice of Caron Wheeler, who is showcased on the album's two Top-20 American hits, the title track and "Back To Life."
This influential album helped to ignite a major UK dance movement, and was an early harbinger of the mid-'90s trip-hop revolution. Among the groups that sprung from this sound are Massive Attack (which made its first recorded appearance on this record), the Brand New Heavies and Jamiroquai.