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Hotel Cabana [U.S.] [Bonus Tracks]
     

Hotel Cabana [U.S.] [Bonus Tracks]

by Naughty Boy
 

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Shahid Khan, aka Naughty Boy, became a fixed presence in the U.K. pop chart in 2009, when his first major production -- the ska-flavored "Diamond Rings" for rapper Chipmunk -- peaked at number six. He continued to work closely with that song's featured vocalist, Emeli Sandé, and produced material for

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Shahid Khan, aka Naughty Boy, became a fixed presence in the U.K. pop chart in 2009, when his first major production -- the ska-flavored "Diamond Rings" for rapper Chipmunk -- peaked at number six. He continued to work closely with that song's featured vocalist, Emeli Sandé, and produced material for Devlin, Professor Green, and Tinie Tempah prior to releasing a debut single of his own, a Top Ten update of White Town's "Your Woman" titled "Never Be Your Woman," featuring Wiley and Sandé. Khan gained additional notice when the latter's Our Version of Events, an album with nine songs he helped make, became one of 2012's biggest releases. He continued to roll with additional solo hits: the thunderous stadium pop of "Wonder," led by Sandé, also went Top Ten and was succeeded by the number one "La La La," an Indian-flavored breakbeat garage-soul hybrid fronted by Sam Smith. Those two hits set up Hotel Cabana, an immense-sounding, loosely conceptual set "directed by" Naughty Boy. Even when only its principal 40-minute serving is digested, it's weighty, with introductions to both "acts" and an epilogue all featuring vague nuggets of scene-setting wisdom from George the Poet (the concierge?). The place is heaving with guests, not just Sandé and Smith, but the likes of Tinie Tempah, Wiz Khalifa, Gabrielle, Wretch 32, and Bastille. There's also Ed Sheeran, who arrives during the final scene for a melodramatic ballad in which he wonders if an unrequited love will know if he jumps from the hotel's top floor. Even with such studious effort toward making this akin to a movie of indivisible scenes, it's more like a singles compilation with smartly sequenced B-sides and interludes. The two preceding hits and the additional A-sides "Think About It," boasting a heavy throwback soul backdrop, and "Lifted," another redemptive anthem featuring Sandé, stand out most. They offer unapologetically ostentatious, skillfully constructed pop. [The U.S. edition inserts three new songs into the sequence of the original U.K. release and adds the same bonus tracks: "Never Be Your Woman," a version of "Lifted" with Professor Green, an oddly gloomy cover of Daft Punk's "Get Lucky," and the Ifan Dafydd remix of Sandé's Naughty Boy-assisted "Daddy" (2011).]

Product Details

Release Date:
05/06/2014
Label:
Capitol
UPC:
0602537818938
catalogNumber:
002071102

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Naughty Boy   Primary Artist
Gabrielle   Vocals
Wiley   Vocals
Wiz Khalifa   Vocals
Tinie Tempah   Vocals
Mic Righteous   Vocals
Wretch 32   Vocals
Professor Green   Vocals
Emeli Sandé   Vocals
Luke Juby   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Piano,Strings,Saxophone,Background Vocals
Sam Smith   Vocals
Ed Sheeran   Guitar,Vocals
Johnny Rocha   Bass
Dan Smith   Vocals
Tanika   Vocals
George the Poet   Vocals
Jonny Coffer   Strings
Maiday   Vocals
Phil Plested   Vocals
Ella Eyre   Vocals
Frobisher Mbabazi   Keyboards
Grace Ackerman   Vocals
Gustave Rudman   Strings,Brass
Shakil Ashraf   Drums
Ava Stokes   Vocals
RØMANS   Vocals
Kahilia Bakosi   Background Vocals
Wes Muoria-Chaves   Guitar
Tobi Oyerinde   Bass

Technical Credits

Bing Crosby   Composer
Nile Rodgers   Composer
Andrea Martin   Composer
Grant Mitchell   Composer
Jack Lambert   Management
Thomas Bangalter   Composer
Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo   Composer
Jyoti Mishra   Composer
Pharrell Williams   Composer
James Murray   Programming,Engineer,Instrumentation
Danny D.   Executive Producer,Management
Irving Wallman   Composer
Max Wartell   Composer
Kimi   Producer
Naughty Boy   Director,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Instrumentation
Tim Blacksmith   Executive Producer,Management
Cameron Thomaz   Composer
Wez Clarke   Programming,Additional Production
Jermaine Scott   Composer
Luke Juby   Composer
Craze & Hoax   Programming,Engineer,Instrumentation,Additional Production
Patrick Okogwu   Composer
Sam Smith   Composer
Mustafa Omer   Programming,Engineer,Instrumentation
Richard Kylea Cowie   Composer
Ed Sheeran   Composer
Check Morris   Artwork
Shahid Khan   Composer
Daniela Rivera   Basic Track
Dan Smith   Composer
Rachel Moulden   Composer
Riki Bleau   Executive Producer,Management
Jonny Coffer   String Arrangements
Phil Plested   Composer
Jasmin Tadjiky   Programming,Instrumentation
Frobisher Mbabazi   Composer
Al-Hakam El Kaubaisy   Composer
George Mpanga   Composer
Grace Ackerman   Composer
Rocky Takaloo   Composer
Mojam   Producer,Additional Production
Sunny   Engineer
Richard Antwi   Management
Komi   Programming,Instrumentation
Ifan Dafyod   Remixing,Additional Production
Barry Burt   Management
Adrian Sykes   Management
Shakavelli   Producer,Engineer

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