In 2000, the female vocal group known as Mis-teeq took Britain by storm with their debut single, "Why?" The single was originally an R&B-style tune, but with the aid of garage exponent Matt "Jam" Lamont, a remix was born which became a smash in the underground garage scene and huge radio hit. Mis-Teeq had made their mark with a unique bend of R&B, garage, and rap. Mis-Teeq christened their style "U.K. Urban."
Alesha and Sabrina met at a dance school in South West London and had formed a duo. They met Su-Elise while she was auditioning for another group. They ended up signed by the same production company, and after spending time together, decided to become a group, with the addition of a fourth member, Zena. But Zena was consequently pushed out of the lineup for the sake of "harmony and balance." "Why" became a hit despite its appearance on a number of dance compilations, and an early lack of media support. They followed "Why" with the international hits "All I Want" and "One Night Stand." Mis-Teeq's music remained unreleased in America until a self-titled full-length containing the best of both U.K. albums corrected the situation in 2004.