Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Garage's Two Phat Ladies; Chief Contenders for the Title of 'The New Craig David' Are Both Female

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Garage's Two Phat Ladies; Chief Contenders for the Title of 'The New Craig David' Are Both Female

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Byline: SIOBHAN GROGAN

CRAIG David had barely cleared US customs when the search began in earnest for his successor. Someone who could keep UK garage in the limelight while its most recognisable face was showing America how it was done. Who could make exciting new urban music without sacrificing real, accessible tunes. Who, as it turns out, might just be female.

Nineteen-year-old Nadia, front woman of De Nada, and solo vocalist Elisabeth Troy, 26, are the two women currently beating Craig at his own game. They're both gorgeous and talented, with heartrending voices shaped by traditional R'n'B but minds and songs bursting with ways to move forward. Even if this game's more about who - than what - you know, these two already have a head start. In fact, Elisabeth Troy's little black book must read like a who's who of UK garage and soul. Born in London, she was raised in Ghana until she was six, before returning to Britain and starting to write songs. By the time she hit 21, she'd already toured with Incognito and D-Influence and was releasing "hardcore stuff" on underground jungle label SOUR. An argument in the studio one day brought another stroke of luck.

"I had this engineer who'd come in with an ounce of weed and start erasing my vocals. It drove me up the wall."

Enter Matt Coleman, another engineer, better known as MJ Cole.

"We got on really well and when Matt got his deal, God bless him, he thought of me," Elisabeth remembers. Her consequent vocal contribution on Cole's Mercury-nominated album Sincere helped define the sound we now know as two-step. So she had no problem securing names like Roni Size, Ed Case and Cole himself to produce her achingly soulful, fiery debut album, Bad As I Wanna Be, from which the laid-back debut single, Minus 10 Degrees, is taken.

Though the endearing, enthusiastic Nadia can't match Elisabeth's experience, she's had a brilliant start. …

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