Keep on Movin'

Album: Club Classics - Volume 1 (1989)
Charted: 5 11

Songfacts®:

  • The second single released from Soul II Soul's debut album Club Classics Vol. One, this was the sound system collective's first hit, in both the UK and US.
  • The song's dubby, jazzy, laid-back groove became the backbeat for dozens of similar sounding songs. The collective's leader Jazzie B told Mojo November 2013 they were looking for a sonic balance of something straight off their sound system but with a glossy Pop mix. "'Keep On Movin' had all our own feel from the sound system specials on it, but it had been polished up with that Pop sheen so it would be acceptable on the radio," he said. "That sound defined Soul II Soul and where we stood – it had everything in it, the beats we were known for, hooks for the radio, a melody you could follow and lyrics that meant something to many."

    "It summed up our dances," Jazzie added, "which had an atmosphere that was edgy enough to get that sound system vibe, but nobody was going to feel threatened by everything."
  • The vocals were supplied by Caron Wheeler, a second generation Caribbean woman living in Britain. She also sung on Soul II Soul's biggest hit, "Back To Life (However Do You Want Me)" before embarking on a solo career. Wheeler released two albums with mixed results and had some success with the single "Livin' In The Light" from her first solo long player, which hit #53 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #14 on the UK Singles Chart.
  • The country-hoedown fiddles were courtesy of the Reggae Philharmonic Orchestra, a reggae group formed by Steel Pulse member Mykaell Riley. They had a UK Top Hit in 1988 with a version of Cab Calloway's "Minnie the Moocher."
  • The song returned to the UK singles chart in 1996, peaking at #31, after soundtracking one of the Papa & Nicole series of commercials for the Renault Clio car.

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