ARTICLE ZAC BAYLY

PHOTOGRAPHY BENJAMIN ALEXANDER HUSEBY

STYLIST JODIE BARNES

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PHOTOGRAPHY BENJAMIN ALEXANDER HUSEBY
FASHION JODIE BARNES
TEXT Zac Bayly





MKS is London’s hottest new girl group, though its members are no strangers to the ins and outs of the music industry. Siobhán Donaghy, Mutya Buena and Keisha Buchanan, who comprise MKS, were the original Sugababes members. They left the pop super group in 2001, 2005, and 2009 respectively. The obvious question is: why are they back together again?
 
“We wanted to make an album that we were proud of, that we could stand by,” Siobhan tells V.
 
“It wasn’t out of desperation that we got back together,” Mutya explains.
 
“We’ve been through way too much for that!” adds Keisha.
 
When Mutyka, Siobhan and Keisha formed the Sugababes, they were in their early teens. Few friendships survive the hormone-fuelled emotional tempest brought on by puberty, much less those subjected to the pressures of the music industry.
 
“We didn’t really get the chance to gel,” Keisha explains. “It wasn’t a very healthy environment.”
 
“There was a lot of pressure put on us,” Siobhan adds. “Major sort of divide-and-conquer tactics going on. I feel like we were thrown to the wolves, in a sense.”
 
“We were too young to be dealing with that,” Keisha agrees. “It could have ruined our lives, but we all came out of it a bit alright! Basically unscathed!”
 
“‘Unscathed’!” Siobhan echoes, and they all burst into laughter.
 
Recently, the girls decided to meet up. They got along, wanted to test the waters in the recording studio, and it went well. So well, that they’ve made an album together, for which they’ve worked with industry legends like Dev Hynes, Sia, Biff, MNEK, and Cameron Mcvey. When asked what fans can expect from the currently unnamed album, Keisha explains, “It’s an emotive, vocal record. There are different genres and different tempos. I feel like we can take on any kind of music, but we’ve just got to do it in our own way,”
 
“And we have a good idea of what works for us,” Siobhan shares.
 
Mutya concludes: “We’re a proper team now.”

Listen to the Devonté Hynes-produced "Lay It Down," by MKS here.

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Makeup Florrie White for  NUDE skincare (D+V Management) Hair Karin Bigler for  Sebastian (D+V Management)   Manicure Shardae Green for OPI Digital technician Dave Imms Photo assistants Edd Horder and James Donovan Fashion assistants Manuel Estevez and Polly Butler Makeup assistant Nelson Catarino Hair assistant Declan Sheils  Production Chantelle-Shakila Tiagi (REP Limited)  retouching provision Location Spring Studios, London Special thanks Hannah Holland

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