X-Press 2 - Choice - A Collection Of Classics - Audio Streams
On behalf of our friends at Azuli we have four full length audio streams that you may like to offer your, taken from X-Press 2 - Choice - A Collection Of Classics a compilation by X -Press 2 bringing you what they consider to be their all time classic tracks.
X- Press 2 release an outstanding double album of classics on October 11th. X -Press 2 bring you what they consider to be their all time classic tracks, The influences here are what created the DJ's, the DJ's themselves have created these classics. Each member of X - Press 2 will be doing an exclusive edit of their favourite tracks. Ashley Beadle will do an edit of James Brown "there was a time"; the others will be announced around the release date. The edits will be released on ltd edition one sided 12' and the Choice CD.- - - 2. Key Tronics Ensemble - Calypso Of House - - - 3. James Brown - There Was A Time - - - 4. Patti Smith -Piss Factory - - -
X - Press 2 are the first non-American DJ's to be asked to compile the compilation, previous compilers include the legendary Louie Vega, Danny Tenaglia,Jeff Mills, Frankie Knuckles, Francois Kevorkian, and Derrick L. Carter.
X-Press 2 first burst onto the international club scene in 1993 with the demented sirens, typewriter-noise percussion and dance floor pyrotechnics of 'Muzik Express'. The three DJs, Ashley Beedle, Rocky and Diesel all from unfashionable suburbs of London, had each played leading roles in the
capital's cooler, more influential club scenes.
Their first studio session left them cold - they'd intended to sample an old Cloud One track but that typewriter percussion noise was all that survived. Everyone else disagreed. 'Muzik X-Press ' was an instant world- wide club hit. DJs as influential as Pete Tong and New York's Junior Vasquez - then in his Sound Factory prime - loved it. Clubbers around the world declared it an instant anthem. Its follow up, the juddering, funky London X-Press with its exhortation to "raise your hands!" was just as
monstrously successful, it was the daft dancefloor smash, 'Say What', that came next. When their records began to get, as Ashley puts it, "more oblique", the three were content to put X-Press 2 aside and move onto other projects, and the three moved effortlessly into jazzier, funkier, more
downbeat arenas with their internationally respected Ballistic Brothers team-up.
In April of 2000 X-Press 2 found themselves back together on the road and in the studio. In 2001 they released the mighty AC/DC. The boys were back in town. Into 2002 the singles Muzikizum and Lazy (more on that later) followed before the lads dropped their debut album also titled Muzikizum,
the album was critically acclaimed and charted at number 15 in the national charts. A massive success.
Lazy was a track that perfectly summed up the mood of the nation. Released in April 2002 and charting at number 2 in the national. It became the biggest airplay track of the year and won them the coverted Ivor Novello award."I had contacted Beedle and co some five years ago after hearing
Ballistic Brothers, whom I loved," says Byrne, who offered them a slot on his European tour, thinking they were a live band. He's glad the collaboration finally happened. "I loved the contradiction of a pumping dance track that is called Lazy".
With there dazzling six deck DJ performances that used effects-ridden mic performances from Ashley, CD-players and basic samplers to send crowds wild. "We like a bit of a challenge and it certainly creates something of a potent atmosphere", says Rocky. "Its like a jam, really, its not
rehearsed, we're inspired continually by the shenanigans on the dancefloor". Whoever's playing the tune coming out the speakers, the other two can cut in effects, beats, and acappellas. It becomes like a wall of sound."
James Brown - There Was A Time Jellybean - Spillin The Beans (Les Bean Mix) Incognito - Jacobs Ladder - Maw Nu Yorican Dub Patti Smith - Piss Factory Quartz - Beyond The Clouds The Cure - Pictures Of You (Strange Remix) Elkin And Nelson - Jibaro (Enrolle Long Version) Jean Luc Ponty - In The Fast Lane David Byrne - Big Business David Astri - Dancing Digits Jine - Take It To The House Eric And The Good Good Feeling - Higer Than Heaven
Hi Voltage - Lets Get Horny Open House Feat Placid Angels - Aquatic Pacific Blue - You Gotta Dance Brian Briggs - Aeo Parts 1 And 2 Art Of Noise - Beatbox Div 1 Malcolm Mc Claren - First Couple Out Natural Experience - Dont Leave Me Carl Craig - At Les The Rolling Stones - Too Much Blood Voices Of East Harlem - Cashing In Badder Than Evil - Hot Wheels The Specials - A Message To You Rudy