THE FOSTER & MCELROY COLLECTION

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Thanks to their work with Timex Social Club and Club Nouveau in 1986, Oakland natives Denzil Foster and Thomas McElroy became known as one of the most innovative producer/songwriting teams in the R&B business. Along with Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, they were responsible for laying the early groundwork for what would become New Jack Swing by mixing hip-hop, electro, go-go, and pop rhythms into the more traditional R&B recipe.

Their early success with singles like “Rumors” and “Situation #9” gave them the power to sign and make hits with a slew of Bay Area acts, including Tony! Toni! Toné! (Foster & McElroy produced their entire debut album in 1988), Samuelle (they wrote his #1 R&B hit “So You Like What You See”), and, most famously, multi-platinum phenomenon En Vogue.

As usual, Foster & McElroy won with En Vogue by injecting unexpected influences into their music, mixing the image and harmonies of ’60s girl groups like The Supremes with modern hip-hop. Their 1990 platinum debut Born To Sing produced the #2 pop hit “Hold On,” which made brilliant use of James Brown’s “The Payback,” one of hip-hop’s go-to breakbeats at the time. En Vogue’s triple-platinum sophomore album, Funky Divas, made them certified crossover stars, producing three top ten pop singles and garnering five Grammy nominations (not to mention the honor of performing the Hangin’ With Mr. Cooper theme song, which was also produced by Foster & McElroy). Spend some time appreciating the catalog of these R&B icons with Uggh…Nice Watch’s compilation of 30 Foster & McElroy gems…

THE FOSTER & MCELROY COLLECTION
(PRESENTED BY UGGH…NICE WATCH)

1. Sorcery “The Test” (1984)
2. Club Nouveau “Why You Treat Me So Bad” (1986)
3. Tony! Toni! Toné! “Skin Tight” (1990)
4. Samuelle “So You Like What You See” (1990)
5. En Vogue “My Lovin’ (You’re Never Gonna Get It) (1992)
6. The Nation Funktasia “Fuzzy Shunshine” (1991)
7. Premiere “Somethin’ About You” (1996)
8. F-Mob f/ Richie Rich “We Came To Move Ya” (1994)
9. Gabrielle “If I Could” (1996)
10. Timex Social Club “Rumors” (1986)
11. Alexander O’Neal “Midnight Run” (1990)
12. Foster McElroy f/ Vogue “Waiting On You” (1989)
13. Kathy Mathis “Got To Give It Up (1988)
14. Robert Brookins “Don’t Tease Me” (1988)
15. Con Funk Shun “Jo Jo” (1986)
16. En Vogue “Don’t Go” (1990)
17. Michael Cooper “To Prove My Love” (1987)
18. Lia “Tell Me It’s Not Too Late” (1988)
19. Channel 2 “Never Gonna Let You Go” (1988)
20. Terry Ellis f/ Ricky Valentino LaTontaine “I Don’t Mind” (1995)
21. Swing Out Sister “Heaven Only Knows” (1996)
22. Club Nouveau “Situation #9” (1986)
23. En Vogue “Give It Up, Turn It Loose” (1992)
24. Regina Belle “Just Don’t Want to Be Lonely” (1995)
25. To Be Continued “One On One” (1993)
26. Asante “What’s The Plan” (1995)
27. Force M.D.’s “Why Can’t We Be Friends” (1990)
28. Club Nouveau “Lean On Me” (1987)
29. En Vogue “Hold On” (1990)
30. Dawnn Lewis & Holly Robinson Peete with En Vogue “Hangin’ With My Man (Hangin’ With Mr. Cooper Theme)” (1992)

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STREAM: MIXCLOUD

ALL SONGS WERE PRODUCED, WRITTEN, REMIXED, ARRANGED AND/OR PERFORMED BY DENZIL FOSTER & THOMAS MCELROY

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