It’s been a few years since a male R&B group tried to crack the UK mainstream market. Island’s latest signing, trio Mark, Cairo and Pierre – Encore are attempting to do just that. Seemingly without gimmick (other than token rapper, Pierre), the boys deliver a strong commercial R&B offering, “Wind Up” for their first single.

Working with UK producer DaVinChe and stateside producer Nate Walka (Jamie Foxx “Blame It”) and songwriters Ina Wroldsen & Arnthor (Shontelle “Impossible”), Encore’s debut record is expected sometime in 2011.

“Wind Up” is out 14th February.