Produced by Naughty Boy, Naughty Town is a one-of-a-kind project celebrating the music of Motown, featuring a host of star-studded vocalists that will bring the genre to a new generation of music fans. The first track to be released will be ‘Dancing Machine,’ featuring BRIT Award and Mercury Prize nominated artist Laura Mvula, on the 14th September.
‘Dancing Machine’ is an amazing re-arrangement of a Motown classic. Starting mellow with a simple synth line, the track gives space for an introduction to a captivating vocal performance by Laura Mvula. Naughty Boy’s production provides a slightly melancholic edge while maintaining the energy level of the original track, instantly giving this 70s classic a catchy modern feel.
Of the project, Naughty Boy said: “Motown is so iconic, at first I didn’t want to interfere in case I upset the millions of Motown fans. It took me a while to think I can do this, I can deliver. I realised it’s the coming together of music lovers and great songs.”
Speaking of the track, Laura Mvula said: “ ‘Dancing Machine’ has always been one of my favourite Jackson 5 tracks so when Shah said he was doing an album of reworked Motown classics it was my first thought. I grew up listening to and emulating the Jackson 5 so to get a chance to re-interpret and pay respect to some of that genius was really special. Motown deserves endless credit so hopefully this will highlight the incredible catalogue.