imageI-Level was a dance\R&B trio from Essex, London that consisted of members Duncan Bridgeman, Joe Dworniak and Sam Jones.

The trio was signed to Virgin Records. Originally, Duncan & Joe were a duo called Shake Shake! & released two singles in 1981 & 1982 respectively. In 1982, the trio was awarded “Most Promising Newcomers” by British magazine Blues & Soul.
imageDuring that same year, they released their debut single “Give Me” which managed to peak at #11 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart in the United States, but didn’t appear to make the charts in the U.K. The song was later sampled by artists such as A Tribe Called Quest and Lost Boyz.
imageIn 1983, I-Level released their self-titled debut album which peaked at #50 on the U.K. Albums chart.
imageThe trio’s second single “Minefield” peaked at #52 on the U.K. Singles chart and #5 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart.
imageThe third single from the album “Teacher” peaked at #56 on the U.K. Singles chart.
imageThe last single from the album “Stone Heart (Stone Woman)” peaked at #86 on the U.K. Singles chart.
imageIn 1984, I-Level released their sophomore (and last) album “Shake” which didn’t appear to make the charts at all.
imageThe first single from the album “Our Song” failed to make any impact on the charts at all.
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imageThe second single “In the River” peaked at #81 on the U.K. Singles chart. The third single “In the Sand” peaked at #93 on the U.K. Singles chart.
imageI-Level’s last single “New Day” was released in 1985 and didn’t make the charts at all. After that, the trio disbanded.

Duncan Bridgewater went on to write & produce music for various artists such as John Foxx, Transvision Vamp & Dido. He is currently a member of British electronic music trio 1 Giant Leap.

Joe Dworniak is a session musician & producer. It’s unknown what Sam Jones is up to these days.

To see a fan-made video for “Give Me,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Teacher,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Minefield,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Stone Heart (Stone Woman),” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Our Song,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “In the River,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “In the Sand,” go to:

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