Hailed as the future of UK swingbeat when they first appeared in 1992, Kreuz were the first artists to be signed to Motown Records’ new UK division. The trio of Sean Cummings (vocals), Wayne Lawes (bass) and Ricardo Reid (keyboards, vocals) based themselves in London, with their initial demos being funded by a local community arts project. Hardly new to the music scene, Lawes had undertaken production work for Mica Paris, Loose Ends and the Jones Girls among others, Reid was an in-demand session keyboard player, and all three had contributed to Vanessa Simon’s 1992 release Family Madness. Already signed to ARP, Kreuz released the popular club track ‘Hush Hush’ and finalized a contract with Motown to release their debut New Generation. The album featured a statement of intent with ‘UK Swing’, but there was actually little to differentiate their sound from American swingbeat acts such as Boyz II Men.
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