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  • 2 Brothers On The 4th Floor is one of the most successful bands in the world of Eurodance. Bobby and Martin Boer are the creators and founders of the Dutch duo. Two brothers started this project in their own apartments on the fourth floor, where they lived in 1991.

    The 2 Brothers On The 4th Floor is one of the most successful Eurodance teams in the world. Bobby and Martin Boer, the creators of this Dutch duo, are the two brothers Bobby and Martin Boer who started this project in their apartment on the 4th floor where they lived in 1991.

    Their first single became an instant international hit. "Can't Help Myself" has reached the top ten (10s) all over the world. "Turn Da Music Up", their second single, was less successful but received very well in clubs around the world.

    The first two singles were performed by rapper Da Smooth Baron MC. He was paired with vocalist Gail Robinson on "Turn Da Music Up". After these two singles, the project did not release new compositions for almost two years.

    This was almost until the end of 1993, when the Boer brothers presented new material called 2 Brothers On The 4th Floor. Together with this new material, they also introduced new guys. Da Smooth Baron MC and Gail Robinson vacated their seats for D-Rock and Des'Ray.

    More on D-Rock: D-Rock has been partying for 2 Brothers On The 4th Floor even before Da Smooth Baron MC joined the band! He was supposed to be the rapper on the first 2 Brothers single "Can't Help Myself". But since he was busy with some other things at the time, he decided not to join the 2 Brothers as their rapper. So he recommended 2 Brothers to another, namely Da Smooth Baron 

  • The first single from Des'Ray and D-Rock was titled "Never Alone". This is a eurodance composition about different races from all over the world living together in peace and harmony. As Des'Ray sings in this song:… .. Black And White, Dancing Together… Side By Side We'll Make Things Better… You're Never Alone… .. (… .. Black and White, dancing together… we are near let's make things better ... you are never alone ... ..)

    This attitude pushed the single straight to the top of the Dutch charts, and after staying there for several weeks, it eventually went gold. After "Never Alone" the 2 Brothers continued to create other successful international hits including "Let Me Be Free", "Fly (Through The Starry Night)", "Come Take My Hand" and of course "Dreams (Will Come Alive)", their the most popular hit to date, which has been taken from their debut album of the same name. "Dreams (Will Come Alive)" became # 1 in Holland and topped the top ten hits in Italy, Spain, Belgium, France, Israel, Norway, Sweden, South Africa and many other countries.

    Des'Ray and D-Rock weren't "complete" newcomers to the music world. Des'Ray, whose real name is Desire Manders, previously worked with Bobby and Martin on another dance project called Fun Da Mental. Great occasion to mention that she was in the Dutch charts with two singles at the same time in 1993! Simultaneously with the single 2 Brothers On The 4th Floor ("Never Alone") and another one from Fun Da Mental ("Dancing On A Higher Ground"). In 1996 she received her Cum Laude diploma from the conservatory (Jazz Music) and became one of the few dancers with a real musical education !! D-Rock released a solo single titled "I Can't Believe It's Over" before he joined the 2 Brothers On The 4th Floor. Unfortunately for him, this single was unsuccessful.

    The popular Italian dance team Cappella made several remixes for one of the 2 Brothers On The 4th Floor singles. "Fly (Through The Starry Night) - The Remixes" was released a couple of weeks after the original release and contained 4 mixes made by Cappella and Alici. These mixes included the Happy Hardcore Mix, Mars Plastic Mix, and two C. C. Q. T. Mixes (one radio mix and one longer version). These mixes had the typical Cappella-sound and this combined with Des'Ray and D-Rock vocals made the sound amazing !! Let's hope these two fantastic teams get together more often in the near future !!!


  • This song is quite good because it stays in the memory after the first listening. Des'Ray's vocals are very sublime and the D-Rock sounds are as vicious as ever. The 2 Brothers seems to be one of the few dance teams to release 'message songs'. Only by carefully listening to the words of this composition, you will understand what is meant. Also a nice video was released with the song, which is definitely worth seeing !!

    February 1999 was the month that "The Sun Will Be Shining" was released !!! The name of the new single was still kept secret ...

    For "Heaven Is Here" the 2 Brothers completely revamped the sound to future trance, creating one of their most catchy and powerful songs of the time! Des'Ray is busy with all vocals, so she sings both the verses and the chorus! The new single from 2 Brothers is a perfect example of future trance ... a new generation of eurodance songs. So it sounds like any Sash song! or DJ Quicksilver! Remixes were done by Olav Basoski, D-Rock and Marco V. & Benjamin.

    In October 1999, 8 months after the performance of 2 Brothers On The 4th Floor, the single "Heaven Is Here" was officially released! Next, a new dance track is being prepared for release! The title of the new single is "Living In Cyberspace" and the basis for the old Trance-X single "Living On Video" It was slated for a Dutch release on October 29th. This single was to be the last one before the release of the new album, slated for early 2000.

    June 2000: We said that "Living In Cyberspace" was the last pre-release of the new album ... but the 2 Brothers decided to choose a different song for the album release. This time they decided to remake the song taken from the musicians "Oliver!" The song "Who Will Buy?" was transformed into the groovy "Wonderful Feeling". If all goes well, this single will be the last pre-release of the new album! A video for this song was also released.

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