When So Solid Crew’s ‘21 Seconds’ stormed to No.1 on the UK Singles chart in August 2001, everything changed completely on the UK Urban music scene. Not since Soul II Soul (a full decade and a generation earlier), had a UK urban act so completely influenced and shaped an entire genre of music. So Solid Crew not only succeeded in selling records by the truckload, they also gave UK Urban music a new identity and confidence – and that is without doubt the legacy of So Solid Crew.
September 30th marks the release of Solid Soul: The Best Of So Solid, making it the first time that all of the trail-blazing collective’s hits have been compiled onto one definitive collection. With no fewer than eleven Top 10 hits, three No.1 Records and three fantastic new songs on the album, this is a must-have record for any fan of UK Urban music.
The tracks on this album dominated the UK charts from the turn of the millennium and shaped the contemporary UK urban music scene, crossing it over to a wider audience in a way that we take for granted today. The Crew’s cutting edge blend of R&B, Rap and Garage beats, came straight out of the underground rave and pirate radio scenes prevalent across London. Of the So Solid sound, Megaman said: “It’s a whole new sound. We’re using a straight R&B and Hip Hop sound – but with a little bit of a Ragga flavour, and that’s what makes the difference.”
The album not only features all of So Solid’ biggest hits, it also features individual members’ hit records too – with top 10s from Lisa Maffia, MC Romeo and Oxide & Neutrino, underlining the raw and collective talents within the group.
With over 2 million albums and singles sold between them and a host of awards including MOBO and BRIT Awards, So Solid Crew were the Godfathers of the UK Urban music scene.
And now The Crew are back with a fantastic new single (UK Hot Wid It) and two other new tracks (‘Bagpipes’ and ‘Emergency’). UK Hot Wid it is a scorching return to form with early support at 1Xtra and a phenomenal response to the track from listeners. It will be released as a digital single ahead of the album on September 16th.
The collective are also back with new shows including The Ibiza Rocks Festival on September 6th before returning to the UK for their own tour in October:
Oct 1: Sheffield: The Plug
Oct 2: Norwich: The Waterfront
Oct 3: Birmingham: The Institute
Oct 4: Manchester: The Ritz
Nov 14: London: The O2
‘SOLID SOUL – THE BEST OF SO SOLID’ TRACKLISTING:
1. SO SOLID: UK HOW WID IT (NEW TRACK)
2. SO SOLID CREW: 21 SECONDS
3. OXIDE & NEUTRINO: BOUND 4 DA RELOAD
4. SO SOLID CREW: RIDE WITH US
5. LISA MAFFIA: ALL OVER
6. SO SOLID CREW: THEY DON’T KNOW
7. SO SOLID CREW: HATERS
8. OXIDE & NEUTRINO: ONLY WANNA KNOW YOU COS YOU’RE FAMOUS
9. OXIDE & NEUTRINO FEAT. MEGAMAN, ROMEO AND LISA MAFFIA: NO GOOD 4 ME
10. SO SOLID: BAGPIPES (NEW TRACK)
11. ROMEO DUNN FEAT CHRISTINA MILIAN: IT’S ALL GRAVY
12. MC ROMEO FEAT LISA MAFFIA, THUG ANGEL AND TIGER 2: ROMEO DUNN
13. LISA MAFFIA: IN LOVE
14. SO SOLID CREW: BROKEN SILENCE
15. SWISS: CRY
16. OXIDE & NEUTRINO FEAT KOWDEAN: DEM GIRLZ (I DON’T KNOW WHY)
17. OXIDE & NEUTRINO: UP MIDDLE FINGER
18. OXIDE & NEUTRINO: DEVIL’S NIGHTMARE
SO SOLID: EMERGENCY (NEW TRACK)*
* I-TUNES BONUS TRACK
Check out So Solid Crew live at the IndigO2 on their They Don’t Know 2013 tour:
The So Solid Legacy documentary:
Facebook: Official So Solid Crew
Solid Soul: The Best Of So Solid is released on Single CD and digital download on September 30th 2013.