The beat is based on the 1987 Eric B. & Rakim song "Paid In Full." Soul II Soul used it on this and their previous hit, "Keep On Movin'"
The group was made up of three DJ/Producers who specialized in creating dance rhythms. The female vocal was Caron Wheeler, who was considered a guest singer. She released a solo album the next year, and later sang on records by Phil Collins and Elvis Costello.
Soul II Soul was very popular in UK clubs. It was a surprise when this became a hit in the US, where club music rarely did well.
In 1990, two members of the group, Beresford Romeo (Jazzie B.) and Nellee Hooper, produced Sinead O'Connor's "Nothing Compares 2 U."
The album was re-released in 1999 with a new, remixed version of this.
An a cappella version was the B-side of the single and was also included on the 1999 re-release of the album.
This was used in commercials for Dasani water in 2002. The ads started running during the Salt Lake City Olympics.
The Beautiful South borrowed the line "Back to life, back to reality" for their song "My Book." However they changed the word "life" to "bed." Jazzie B, who wrote this song, sued them and won.
Such was the furor when Soul II Soul failed to receive a statuette at the 1989 Brit awards, fellow Soul artist Neneh Cherry broke hers in two and gave half to Jazzie B.