Night Owls – Cramp Your Style (ft. N’Dea Davenport)

We have yet to hear a 45 by the Night Owls that we didn’t like but the upcoming single “Cramp Your Style” featuring N’Dea Davenport just set the bar to a new level of loving the group more than we already do.

After the success of their full-length LP earlier this year, Night Owls are back for more and ready to take the bar even higher! This first 45 from a new string of recording sessions features two heavy hitters in the funk/soul community; N’Dea Davenport from London’s famed The Brand New Heavies and SoCal’s own Trish Toledo (Now-Again Records, Silent Giant, Mango Hill).

Side A is the classic soul body mover “Cramp Your Style” (All the People) featuring N’Dea Davenport, which Hip-Hop heads will recognize as the foundation for Boogie Down Productions’ “Still #1” and Cypress Hill’s “Real Estate.” Davenport’s soulful delivery elevates Night Owls’ flip, echoing the famous Studio One riddim “Greedy G” by Brentford Road All Stars and the quirks of the original.

Side B follows up with Motown classic “Your Old Standby” by Mary Wells and features Latina Soul phenom Trish Toledo. Adding a little more bounce and groove to the original, Night Owls’ flip sets the backdrop for Toledo to shine brightly and deliver a vocal performance that perfectly echoes Mary Wells in her youth.