Elegant Slumming

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Elegant Slumming
Studio album by M People
Released 4 October 1993
Genre House
Length 55:04
Label Deconstruction
Producer M People
M People chronology
Northern Soul
(1991)
Elegant Slumming
(1993)
Bizarre Fruit
(1994)
Singles from Elegant Slumming
  1. "One Night in Heaven"
    Released: 14 June 1993
  2. "Moving on Up"
    Released: 13 September 1993
  3. "Don't Look Any Further"
    Released: 22 November 1993
  4. "Renaissance"
    Released: 28 February 1994
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau A[2]

Elegant Slumming is the second album by the British house music band M People. It was released on 4 October 1993 charting and peaking at number 2 on the UK Album Chart and spent 87 weeks in the Top 75. It re-entered the chart three times in October 1996 and March and September 1997. Its overall sales stand at 835,000 as of September 2011.[3]

The four singles released from the album were all UK Top 10 hits: "One Night in Heaven" (#6) and "Moving on Up" (#2), as well as a cover version of the Dennis Edwards and Siedah Garrett song "Don't Look Any Further", which reached No. 9 in the UK. A fourth hit, "Renaissance", reached No. 5 in the same chart.

In the US, "One Night in Heaven" and "Moving on Up" were Billboard No. 1 hits on Hot Dance Club Play. The US version of the album is actually a compilation of songs from the UK version and M People's first album, Northern Soul, which was released through Epic, who signed the act through a separate deal.

The album won the 1994 Mercury Music Prize.

Track listing[edit]

All songs were written by Mike Pickering and Paul Heard except where noted.

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "One Night in Heaven"     6:28
2. "Moving on Up"     5:29
3. "Renaissance"     5:20
4. "You Just Have to Be There"     5:26
5. "Love is in My Soul"     6:15
6. "Don't Look Any Further"   Golde, Lambert, Hitchings 5:28
7. "Natural Thing"     5:04
8. "Little Packet"     5:19
9. "La Vida Loca"     4:32
10. "Melody of Life"     4:44
Total length:
55:04
2005 Re-release bonus tracks
No. Title Writer(s) Length
11. "Don't Look Any Further" (Danny D Mix) Golde, Lambert, Hitchings 5:36
12. "Renaissance" (John Digweed's Full on Mix)   7:57
13. "Moving on Up" (Roger S Moving Mix)   6:28

US version[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "One Night in Heaven"     6:28
2. "Moving on Up"     5:29
3. "Excited"     5:04
4. "Renaissance"     5:20
5. "Colour My Life (Part One)"   Pickering 5:38
6. "How Can I Love You More?"     3:20
7. "Don't Look Any Further"   Golde, Lambert, Hitchings 5:28
8. "You Just Have to Be There"     5:26
9. "Little Packet"     5:19
10. "Love is in My Soul"     6:15

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