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Dutch brothers Bobby and Martin Boer had been experimenting with music for years in a little bedroom. But then in 1990 things really started to happen for them, the single Can't Help Myself was picked up by Dutch radiostations and became an international hit.
The composing brothers Bobby and Martin appointed rapper Da Smooth Baron MC and the singers Peggy 'The Duchess' and Gale Robinson to form the 2 Brothers on the 4th Floor stage-act. The next single Turn Da Music was somewhat less successful but really helped spreading the name 2 Brothers on the 4th Floor.
After these two singles the project was put on a halt. Martin moved into a new professional studio and started making remixes under the name Dancability Productions. He made remixes for acts like Becky Bell and Twenty 4 Seven , he also made the Veronica Megamix 1993 for Veronica Radio. In the meanwhile Bobby was busy designing record-covers and CD-inlays.
In 1994 they decided to revive the 2 Brothers on the 4th Floor-project. Bobby joined Martin in his studio and after a while they finished their first track Never Alone. This single was the first to be launched with rapper D-Rock (Renee Philips) and singer Des'ray (Desirée Claudette Manders).
The renewed style and concept got out real fine. Never Alone topped the charts for weeks (Number 1 in Israel) and even got a golden status. The consecutive single was called Dreams, it went right up to the number 1 position (Number 2 in Israel), and Let Me Be Free got a long stay in the national top 10 and peaked # 3 in Israel. In July 1994 the album Dreams hit the shops, it stood in the national album charts for weeks and got very positive reviews.
In 1995 and 1996 the 2 Brothers on the 4th Floor even widened their success with the singles Fly (Trough The Starry Night), Come Take My Hand and Fairytales. These singles really topped the charts in various European countries and all over the world (Fairytales was number 1 in Israel). Some of them were remixed by the Lick project team.
In the end of 1996 they released a single called There's A Key and their second album called 2. The next single to be released was One Day and it's an R&B track and not the usual happy hardcore/eurodance style, but it's still worth buying.
The next single to be released was I'm Thinkin' of U, a great song. It was also the first single not to be included in any album. In March, 1998 2 Brothers on the 4th Floor released a single, their second from the forthcoming album scheduled for release sometime in the fall of 1998. The single was entitled Do U Know, a mid to low-tempo pop track.
In the beginning of fall 1998 the single The Sun Will Be Shining was released and contained remixes by Mark van Dale & Enrico, Dance Therapy and the Dub Foundation. It also contained a bonus CD-ROM Part with the video of The Sun Will Be Shining and The Making Of. They toured in Canada starting from the end of June.
February 5th, they released a new single called Heaven Is Here. They completely updated the sound to the current future trance hype : with that song they stepped into the same progressive music style as Sash!. For the first time, Des'Ray did all the vocals, singing the verses and the chorus. Remixes were done by Olav Basoski, D-Rock and Marco V. & Benjamin.
29th of October 1999 : the follow-up to Heaven Is Here was finally released : Living In Cyberspace was a cover of the hit Living on Video by Trans-X, already covered by Cardenia among others. It reached #28 in the charts.
2000 : before the Summer 2000 they released a single entitled Wonderful Feeling (which peaked #44 in the charts). At the beginning of October, they delivered 2 singles (among them, the long-awaited Shine Like A Star) and the complete third album to CNR/Arcade. Besides a lot of pushing, no one may take a decision about releasing the new singles, because the company is busy at the moment with a co-operation with another company, which is very frustrating for the group and all his fans.
2001 : At the beginning, the name of the new single was Life and it was initailly planned on the 25th of May 2001. Afterwards it was delayed to June or July. Then it turned out to be Stand Up And Live, planned for June, 29th 2001. It was co-produced by G-spott. At first the record was released as "White label" without the artist name. Therefore it was played by several club-DJ's, Radio 3 and ID&T (Radio) and even nominated to the Fresh Top 40 Tip (The most important Clublist). The record was even played a few times on Radio 3. Since the record was going well on its own, everyone may know that it's from 2 Brothers on the 4th Floor. The release date of the album has not been decided yet.
2002 : Des'ray has started a solo carreer whereas D-rock is working with E-life.
2004 : The 2 Brothers On The 4th Floor are going to release a best of album and DVD. The release was at first planned to be in November 2004 in Holland. It was finally postponed to March 2005, then to an undefined date...
2006 : on the 13th January, Des'ray and D-rock performed together in a TV show on the Dutch television. They sung one of the 2 Brothers on the 4th Floor hits. Des'ray said that she could not believe how much people still knew their songs and how much their music was still loved.
In July, Ozi meets Tom Mountain released a cover of their hit-single Dreams. The same year, Dreams was also covered by a Dutch solo singer called Mary (real name : Marieke).
D-rock and Des'ray are still doing performances in Holland. They are speaking with a record company to make a 2 brothers DVD or maybe a best of CD. Nothing has been confirmed yet.
2007 : on 20th August, they released a single entitled Never Alone 2, hidden behind the acronym 2B4TH, under the label Mostiko. It contained a sample from the original hit, and mixes from Anonymous, Juno and Lethal MG.
2008 : D-rock and Des'ray took part to the concert I Love The 90s - The Party in Hasselt (Belgium), on April 12th. A fake third album entitled III can be found on the web, spread by some Russian fans.
2009 : Gabry Ponte vs Format C did a cover of Dreams.
2010 : in May, 2 Brothers on the 4th floor released a new album entitled The Best Of in March, available on iTunes. Shortly after, they released a remixes album in 3 volumes.
2011 : Never Alone as well as a few other 2 Brothers songs featured in the trailer of Dutch movie New Kids Nitro. Quintino & Afrojack used a rap sample from Can't Help Myself in their track Let Me See You Dance.
© Veronica Radio 1996
The biography was last updated Sat, December 17th 2011
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Latest 2 Brothers on the 4th floor news
05/05/2013 : 2 Brothers on the 4th floor's hit Dreams was covered by Cassey Doreen (who recently collaborated with Loona on her single Tell It To My Heart) (Thanks to Krasi)
14/10/2011 : After Scooter Friends in New Kids Turbo, 2 Brothers on the 4th floor Never Alone and Melodie MC Dum Da Dum are featured in the trailer of next movie New Kids Nitro.
27/07/2010 : 2 Brothers on the 4th floor are planning a world tour with ex 2Unlimited members Ray and Anita for 2011 (thanks to D-rock himself).
17/06/2010 : 2 Brothers on the 4th floor launched their new official website
30/05/2010 : Shortly after their long-awaited best-of, 2 Brothers on the 4th floor just released a remixes album in 3 volumes. (Thanks to Denis ''DJ Hooligan'' Zhabkin)
09/05/2010 : 2 Brothers on the 4th floor released a new album entitled The Best Of in March, available on iTunes.
31/03/2010 : DJ Rebel released some new versions of his remix of 2 Brothers on the 4th floor hit Never Alone as a maxi single (Thanks to Dance Music News)
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