Chase & Status

2017 February 12

Drum & Bass, electronic, dub-step; Chase & Status don’t care about sticking to a genre, but rather they prefer to deliberately avoid any kind of musical boundaries. Labels Bingo and Breakbeat Kaos embraced this element to Chase & Status’ style back in 2005. After hearing their remix of the Future Cuts’ 20/20 in 2004, Chase & Status released “Duppy Man” and “Top Shotta” with Breakbeat; each track gaining radio recognition.

They have had 3 #1s in the UK Dance Chart up until now, and on their debut album “More Than Alot”, which was released on 13th October 2008, we hear collaborations with Kano and Plan B. The single “Pieces” featuring Plan B, reached #70 in the UK Singles chart and, not surprisingly, #1 in the UK Dance chart in October 2008. The album reveals more to Chase & Status than we have previously experienced with their music. A glimpse into their multi-talented production skills was broadcast on Radio 1 on 20th September 2008, in their Essential mix.

The two producers, Saul and Will, aka Chase & Status, banded together in 1996 through their mutual love of music, DJing, and hitting raves such as “Telepathy” and “One Nation” every weekend. It remains the all-important element in their music, from the beginning in 2004 to now, that there is variety within each track, not just within the album itself.

Their ability to keep their audience entertained through their variety of sounds is a skill that is finally paying off as they deserve to be recognised. The release of “More Than Alot” has elevated them to the forefront of Drum & Bass, both in the dance chart and in mainstream music, thanks to high-profile collaborators such as Kano, “Against All Odds”, and masses of glorification from radio DJs. The album is a fantastic representation of their underground productions that appeal to the hard-core Drum & Bass fans, and a sound that has been much needed in the UK charts for a long time – something grimy that everyone can appreciate for what it is.

Chase & Status’ reputation within the world of dance and Drum & Bass has set a certain precedent, one that rivals that of the more old-skool producers and DJs. Their first release from the album “Pieces” has gone down a storm in clubs all over this country, and beyond. Its entrancingly slow riff and refrain, that foregoes a phenomenal drop into their trademark, dirty mixing of heavy bass line and electro over-tone. As well as their own productions, they incorporate samples from the likes of dance legends The Prodigy, and entwine it with Plan B’s material; their remix of “No Good” creates a sense of modern ferocity in tracks that are over a decade old.

With over 30 gigs lined up in the UK alone this year, including Bestival and Radio 1’s DnB Awards in Birmingham, as well as the beginning of production on their second album, Chase & Status are set to have one blinder of a year in 2009, and it’s already proving to be off to a fantastic start.

Dani Middleton

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