Phats & Small

Phats & Small are a British electronic dance music duo formed in Brighton, in 1998, and composed of Jason "Phats" Hayward and Russell Small. They are best known for their single "Turn Around", which became an international hit in 1999.[1]

Phats & Small
East Sussex, England
GenresHouse, dance-pop
Years active1998–present
MembersJason "Phats" Hayward
Russell Small
Ben Ofoedu

Musical career

Phats & Small appeared on the scene in 1998 with "Turn Around", a track that featured sampled Toney Lee's "Reach Up" and Change's "The Glow of Love".[2] The song debuted at number three in the UK Singles Chart, before climbing to number two, with career sales of this hit amassing them £5,000 in total due to their recording contract. Singer Ben Ofoedu appears in the video for the track miming to the vocals. Future releases featured his voice but "Turn Around" featured Lee's voice. However, Ofoedu has been known to perform the track live. In 1999, they also released their first album, Now Phats What I Small Music, a play on their name and the compilation series Now That's What I Call Music!.[2] Ofoedu sang on two tracks, "Feel Good" and "Tonite", which were also released as singles. In 1999, Phats & Small also achieved notoriety for remixing the Earth, Wind & Fire track, "September" and Simply Red's "Ain't That a Lot of Love". Other remixes around the same time included PJ "Happy Days", Space Raiders "I Need The Disko Doktor", High Steppers "I Will Follow" and pop group A1's single "Be the First to Believe".

Ofoedu left the group to pursue a solo career as singer, songwriter and producer, and his backing vocalist Tony Thompson, was promoted to main vocalist. He sang on most tracks in Phats & Small's second album, This Time Around, released in 2001, which featured an eponymous single, as well as "Change" and "Respect The Cock" (which was supposed to feature the phrase uttered by Tom Cruise in the film Magnolia).[citation needed] The second album was co-produced by Jimmy Gomez.

After a few years away from the recording studio, Phats & Small returned in 2005 with a new vocalist, Ryan Molloy, and a new album, Soundtrack to Our Lives, featuring the single "Sun Comes Out", this track sung by a returning Ofoedu and a new female vocalist, Carrie Luer.

In 2016, a new version of "Turn Around" was made featuring new vocals from Ofoedu.

Small is also one half of the production team The Freemasons, along with James Wiltshire (Jimmy Gómez) who was a co-producer for Phats & Small.

Small is a Brighton & Hove Albion F.C. fan after being taken to games as a youngster by his uncle.

Their song "Turn Around" was on the CD of the computer game K.S.-n-Kickin.


Studio albums

Title Album details Peak chart positions
Now Phats What I Small Music
  • Released: 11 November 1999
  • Label: Multiply (#MULTY6)
  • Formats: LP, CS, CD
This Time Around
  • Released: 18 June 2001
  • Label: Multiply (#MULTY8)
  • Formats: CS, CD
Soundtrack to Our Lives
  • Released: 2004
  • Label: Modul (#82876512412)
  • Formats: CD
"—" denotes items that did not chart or were not released in that territory.


Year Title Peak chart positions Certifications Album

1999 "Turn Around" 2121291871028 Now Phats What I Small Music
"Feel Good" 742128356425461520
"Tonite" 1126444836401315
2000 "Harvest for the World" 9059
2001 "This Time Around" 1596292462361 This Time Around
"Change" 4530964696
"Respect the Cock"
2003 "You're Rude (Get Fucked)" Non-album single
2004 "Sun Comes Out" 305745 Soundtrack to Our Lives
"—" denotes items that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

See also


  1. Potts, Diana. "Phats & Small Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 30 September 2015.
  2. Colin Larkin, ed. (2000). The Virgin Encyclopedia of Nineties Music (First ed.). Virgin Books. p. 308. ISBN 0-7535-0427-8.
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  6. "Dutch chart peaks". Retrieved 19 October 2020.
  7. "Swiss chart peaks". Retrieved 19 October 2020.
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  9. "Belgian (Flanders) chart peaks". Retrieved 20 October 2020.
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  11. "French chart peaks". Retrieved 20 October 2020.
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  15. "Certified Awards Search". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved on 20 October 2020. Note: User needs to enter Phats and Small in the "Search BPI Awards" field and press Enter
  16. "Belgian 1999 certified awards". BEA. Retrieved 20 October 2020.
  17. "French certified awards". SNEP. Retrieved 20 October 2020.