REVIEW: ‘Bounce Back’ Deluxe Edition – Haywoode

Haywoode – “Bounce Back” (Deluxe Edition)

by Christopher Smith

As winter draws in, London-born pop veteran Haywoode brings the sunshine with her recently released​ “Bounce Back” deluxe​ album, including new and classic hits. A delicious hybrid of soul-pop-dance, the album was brought to life in NYC, Amsterdam and Melbourne, with producers Soundsinsane, Matt Pop, David Mazzoni and Peter Wilson. Must-listen tracks include the dance-y ode to friendship “Love Eternally“, and an extended version of eighties disco favorite “Roses”. Haywoode declares this her favorite project yet, and one that’s already making waves in clubs and on radio stations across the UK as well as spinning into the download charts in Spain, Finland and the UK.

Sidney Haywoode began her career aged 13 at London’s esteemed Corona Stage Academy. Signing to CBS Records in 1983, Haywoode’s debut single, “A Time Like This” with Billy Ocean on backing vocals, entered the UK charts at No.48, Top 5 in the US Hot Dance Club Chart and immediately established her distinctive brand of spirited, soulful funk and pop. Heralded as ahead of her time in the mid-80’s club scene, the pop soul artist worked with a virtual ‘who’s who’ of producers such as Michael Barbiero, Bert Bevans, Duane Bradley, Nick Martinelli and Stock, Aitken and Waterman. Via a succession of singles – including two gems by then-little-known underground dance producers Stock, Aitken and Waterman “You’d Better Not Fool Around” and “Getting Closer” (later covered by Kylie Minogue) her international crossover success followed in 1986 with her smash hit Roses (No.11 UK).

Haywoode’s “Arrival” debut album, showcased new tracks including her take on Prince’s debut hit “I Wanna Be Your Lover”. The album became a sought-after ‘lost classic’ of the era with CD’s from Japan regularly selling for inflated high prices and in 2010 Cherry Pop Records released the well-received Special Edition CD of the album. Inspired by her father, Doo Wop Soul singer Don Haywoode, of The Velours and The Fantastics, her extensive performing resume includes dancing, acting and singing on stage, screen and television. Her repertoire includes theatre (Bubbling Brown Sugar in London’s prestigious West End) TV (The Benny Hill Show, The Gentle Touch, and BBC’s Top Of The Pops) and film (The Muppet Movie Caper’, Superman, and Ragtime).

She met her Italian husband Producer/DJ Soundsinsane in New York and together they founded Wonderlick Productions, a music events company, writing, producing songs and working events around the US. Their song Excuses went to No.6 in the EuroSolution Dance charts, which ignited Haywoode to return to performing in the UK after twenty years where she signed to Energise Records. 2018 saw her first single release “Roses 2018” enter charts worldwide including No.5 in Greece and No.25 on the iTunes Dance Chart. Another Cherry Pop compilation, “Roses, Remixes & Rarities”, was released bringing together many sought-after mixes of her classic 80’s singles plus B-sides, rarities and unheard recordings from throughout her CBS tenure.

“Give it a listen. I promise it will make you smile and shake your booty!” Haywoode declares, as she bounces on back to her South Beach apartment. And with that, “Bounce Back” deluxe needs your ears on its aural gorgeousness right now!

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