Craig David & Artful Dodger's "Re-Rewind," released in November of 1999, was David's first taste of chart success, reaching #2 on the UK Singles Chart. It was one of the first and last UK garage singles to reach platinum status (alongside Skanks & Bigfoot's "Sweet Like Chocolate") and marked garage's integration into mainstream pop culture.
The track was originally recorded for Artful Dodger's album It's All About the Stragglers (which also features Craig David on tracks "What You Gonna Do?" and "Woman Trouble"), and re-recorded for David's own debut album, Born To Do It. The re-recording is instead entitled "Rewind," and is credited to Craig David only.
"Rewind" is a reference to a DJing technique of backspinning the record (literally rewinding to the beginning), usually when the track is especially popular. "Selecta" is a reference to the DJ himself: the record selector.
"Re-Rewind," and its lyrics "when the crowd say bo selecta," were the inspiration for Leigh Francis' Channel 4 comedy series Bo' Selecta!
"Re-Rewind" had to be almost completely remade from scratch when the session's computer file became corrupted (this happened a lot in 1999). They started over using a cassette they'd bounced it to as a reference.
Both Craig David and the producer, Mark Hill, hail from Southampton and first met when David wrote a "kick racism out of football" song for Southampton FC.
Craig David's vocals on this one are heavily sampled in Preditah's tech house track, "Selecta."
Oli Sykes and the rest of metal band, Bring Me The Horizon, sang this song at his wedding in July 2015. A video was uploaded eight months later, to which Craig David tweeted: "Smashed it out of the park!"