For fans in their native Britain, MKS — Mutya Buena, Keisha Buchanan, and Siobhan Donaghy — will probably always be fondly known as the three original Sugababes. But to most Americans, they're a brand-new phenomenon. How fitting, then, that the girls just shot their first video as MKS, "Flatline," on the all-American shores of sunny Venice Beach, California.
British girl group Sugababes experienced multiple Destiny's Child-style lineup changes throughout the 2000s on their path to spinning off as MKS. After the original Sugababes came together in 1998 as mere teens, Siobhan was the first to leave in 2001, followed by Mutya in 2005 and finally Keisha in 2009; they were replaced in the lineup, one by one, by new singers, which eventually left no founding 'Babes in the bunch. But then, in 2011, Mutya, Keisha, and Siobhan reunited as MKS — an event celebrated by longtime nostalgic fans in the U.K., of course, but also an opportunity for the girls to make a new start in the U.S., where unfortunately no incarnation of Sugababes ever quite caught on.
MKS co-wrote their frothy yet sultry comeback single, "Flatline," with producer Dev Hynes (aka Lightspeed Champion/Blood Orange), pop's cool go-to guy of the moment. (Dev co-penned all seven tracks of Solange's breakthrough EP True and Sky Ferreira's "Everything is Embarrassing," and is currently working on Britney Spears and Kylie Minogue's upcoming albums.) The song's beachy new video is sure to make waves, no pun intended: It looks like a classic late '80s/early '90s clip (think Neneh Cherry, Martika, Cathy Dennis, Jody Watley, TLC) run through a modern-day Instagram filter, and it's just plain cool.
Check out MKS's "Flatline" video below. Whether you've been following them (and hoping for a reunion) for years, or are just discovering them now, you're sure to enjoy Mutya, Keisha, and Siobhan's fresh pop sugar.