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Dope Smugglaz

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A maverick trio of eccentric UK-based DJ/producers, namely Timmy Christmas (b. Tim Sheridan), Keith Binner and Chico Ijomanta. The three bearded Yorkshiremen met in the mid-80s when they DJed on the well-known Leeds student dance music scene, where they could regularly be found behind the decks at the “Mile High Club” nights at The Gallery, a venue which also gave rise to the Utah Saints. It was this same scene that was the fertile breeding ground for celebrated nights such as “Vague” and the legendary “Back To Basics” and “Manumission”. Famous for marathon DJing sets, Timmy Christmas later played for 48 hours non-stop at the Glastonbury Festival and his average performances behind the decks continue to reach the six-hour mark. After several years in the dance music wilderness, the trio made a purposeful foray into more commercial territory with two singles featuring heavy use and sampling of old dance staples. The first was “The Word”, from the soundtrack of the 1978 hit movie, Grease and the second, “Double Double Dutch”, featured extensive “recycling” of Malcolm McLaren’s “Double Dutch”. Neither were well received by the UK music press but did make a slight impact on the singles chart. In the meantime, the Dope Smugglaz had negotiated a remarkable seven album contract with Paul Oakenfold’s label, Perfecto Records. In 1999, they also began a Friday night DJing residency at the high-tech club, home in London’s west end.

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