N-Dubz - 'Wouldn't You'
In my mind, every time N-Dubz get together to make a new song, they work in a very different way to other artists. For starters, all of the music is prepared beforehand, possibly with the band's involvement, possibly not (this is my imaginary version, remember, I could have Dave Grohl writing all of their music if I like). Anyway, the dramatic strings have been scored and recorded, the plinky synth stabs all sequenced, and the little vocal samples woven into the finished backing track. Then the band arrive.
At this point, someone sits them down, much like a film director would do, and tells them what their motivation is for the song. In this case, Tulisa is a hot lady who is in love with a boy, who is being played by Dappy (let's gloss over the real-life family connection between them, they're acting). Fazer's job is to represent lovestruck male youth in a more general sense, and to back up some of the points Dappy will go on to make about raising a family.
Then they're ushered into a vocal booth and told to improvise the whole thing. Three, two, one...GO!
(Here's the video. And the award for Least Convincing Grease-Monkey goes to...)
Naturally, Dappy starts with his trademark "nah nah nai", so that's the first few seconds sorted. This gives them time to get into character, and then we're off. Tulisa and Dappy take turns in bickering their way through the story, much like a real couple would do. They get a lot of practise in real life, so this part comes easily:
Dappy: "Everyone around me keeps on saying that I must be blind."
Tulisa: "Well they do have a point..."
Dappy: "SHUT UP!"
Soon they're reconciled, and Fazer takes over for the bit where they're lost in the moment and hugging. It's like a Mike Leigh film set to music, only a lot less gritty. And they're self aware enough for Dappy to rap about his girl putting his hat on and teasing his "nah nah nai", which is amazing on literally two levels.
And then with a shout of "cut!" from the director person, their work is done, and they go off into the night, arguing about something ridiculous. The brilliant wee scamps...
J Mensah says: "There are better songs on their album 'Uncle B' just waiting to become singles "
Singles Jukebox says: "Yet again N-Dubz make a frustratingly almost-good record."
Stuck Records says: "Without Tinchy helping them along N-Dubz appear to struggle."