Fresco - M People (deConstruction) When dance guru and ace remixer Mick Pickering and comrade-in-arms Paul Heard started M People on the back of the early-1990s upsurge in house music, they probably never imagined their appeal would last so long or be so wide. Now as dance heads off in several directions at once, M People's formula remains unchanged - a big melting pot of danceable beats, sing-along choruses and soulful singing. They have outlived house music and even achieved the status of headlining at rock festivals, while still filling the dancehalls. Their last studio outing, Elegant Slumming, was an instant bestseller and Fresco, their new offering, looks like following in its footsteps. This album can expect to spawn more than enough singles, with every track radio-friendly material: a combination of sure-fire dance anthems and three-minute pop ballads. Fantasy Island and Angel St are two of the former: ivory-tinkling tunes, chugging beats and simple uplifting choruses. Meanwhile, Just For You and Lonely are slow-burning ballads. One of the most interesting items is their version of Roxy Music's Avalon. All the material is carried with enormous force by the soaring vocal talent of Heather Small, in itself a trademark of M People.