Little Mix are the latest English girl group to storm stateside shores, and they’re doing it in a pretty big way, roping in Missy Elliott for a guest verse on their new single “How Ya Doin?” The fourth single to be taken from their debut album DNA, it primes them better than before for a major U.S. launch, with production that sounds like it’s been amped up significantly since the album version and, you know, a spot from Missy Elliott. It’s new Missy Elliott, folks. There’s not much to argue with there.
As importantly! The girls also had their debut U.S. performance last week (see a picture from that up top), where they turned out an intimate acoustic set at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York City as part of J-14/M/Twist magazines’ In Tune event. And they were good! Charming and likable and their voices sounded great and all of the right things, even if it was hard to hear much over the screaming choirs of teenage girls. They seem to have nailed the One Direction demo nicely, even if that skews a little young for our sensibilities. Keep on keeping on, Little Mix — and keep nabbing iconic hitmakers like Missy Elliott to do it with you.
Little Mix — “How Ya Doin?” [feat. Missy Elliott]