We’re just going to be brutally honest for a moment (hey, it’s the weekend…fuck it.), and say that if you don’t get chills down your music spine when those opening synths of Sonique’ classic single, “It Feels So Good,”come slithering on…you clearly have no fucking soul. If there ever was a banger in the early ’00s that just spun all over the turntables of radio….and our lives, it was Sonique’s deep, sexy sonnet. With its slippery synths, broken breakbeat and Sonique’s haunting vocals which were mixed to perfection to deliver quite a tantalizing tune. (Not to mention, a first class remix maxi-single package) Sadly, “It Feels So Good” was Sonique’s only big single stateside, where in the U.K. she delivered some hits, but even overseas the DJ’ing diva fell into “Forgot About Friday” land. Now, some of you are wondering why Sonique is being featured for having, like, one big song. Meaning, clearly, you’ve never been lost in the power of “It Feels So Good” before…..
Raised on a mix of classic soul and disco, British pop diva/DJ Sonique became quite a popular force to be reckoned with in international dance music. The DJ began singing as a child and cut her first single, “Let Me Hold You,” for Cooltempo Records while she was still a teenager. In 1990, she was credited for the track “Zombie Mantra” on the album, ‘Set the Controls for the Heart of the Bass,’ the debut record of William Orbit’s project, Bass-O-Matic. A few years later, she linked up with DJ Mark Moore as one half of the dance-pop duo S’Express, co-writing and singing on songs like “Nothing to Lose” and “Find ‘Em, Fool ‘Em, Forget ‘Em,” both of which charted moderately well in the U.K..
While making a name for herself as a singer, Sonique’s growing involvement in Britain’s club scene led to her interest in becoming a DJ herself. From there, she trained for three years before spinning in public, and that time would be certainly well-spent. Soon after her UK club debut, she earned followings throughout Europe, Hong Kong, and the U.S. She also contributed vocals to tracks by Josh Wink, Kendo, Gusto, and Helicopter, even appearing on DJ compilations like 1997’s Introspective of House, Third Dimension and 1998’s British Anthems Summertime.
Stateside, Ms. Sonique received particularly strong support in Tampa, where a DJ began spinning a mix of “It Feels So Good” in 1999. Once the breakbeats of “Feels” started breakin,’ radio airplay and major-label interest followed. She released the single and its accompanying album, Hear My Cry, in early 2000. While the album only peaked at #67 on the Billboard 200 album chart, it still went on to platinum status worldwide, with album cuts, “Cry,” “Move Closer,” the albums title cut and her deep rewiring of “I Put A Spell On You,” all earning Sonique global recognition.
After everyone stopped listening to Sonique’s ‘Cry,’ however, her success began to fade as follow up sets, ’03’s ‘Born To Be Free,’ 06’s “On Kosmo’ and 2011’s ‘Sweet Vibrations,’ all failed to match the success of their predecessor. Although the albums didn’t burn up the charts, they still contain a lot of that delectable UK dance heat. And yes, Sonique could go down as a one-hit wonder with ‘It Feels So Good,” but whatever you want to say, it was a damn good single that sounds just as irresistible today as it did back in 2000…