Producer Shahid Khan, aka Naughty Boy, pursued music seriously after he dropped out of university and worked a number of unsatisfying jobs. He debuted in 2006 with the single "Phat Beach (I'll Be Ready)," but his first major work was his songwriting and production for Chipmunk's "Diamond Rings," a playful ska-rooted single that featured a pre-fame Emeli Sand and reached the Top Ten in his native U.K. in 2009. The next year was bigger, highlighted by productions for Professor Green, Tinie Tempah, and Wiley (the Top Ten "Never Be Your Woman"), all of which involved Sand. Khan then worked extensively on Sand's breakthrough 2012 album Our Version of Events. That October, he released the solo single "Wonder," with Sand returning the favor as the song's lead vocalist and co-songwriter. "La La La," featuring Sam Smith, was released in May 2013 and topped the U.K. chart, which set the stage for Hotel Cabana, Khan's debut album for Virgin.