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Inland Knights

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As two members of Northern England’s early ’90s free party scene, Laurence Ritchie as a founder member with the smokescreen sound system and Andy Riley who joined in 95 were firmly entrenched in the region’s rich legacy of house music.

After years of successful events, the free party scene began to come under increasing pressure because of greater numbers of government regulations such as the infamous Criminal Justice Act. The pair, already well known for their DJ’ing, decided to join forces and refocus their energy on producing original material. Five years after their first release, their partnership as Inland Knights has blossomed into an immensely successful career with prolific production credits and a demanding international touring schedule.

The pair met in 1993 through their involvement with Northern England’s early ’90s free party scene,and the legendary UK free party crew— Smokescreen Sound System … The crew of eight in total threw free, large-scale events at various locations across the English countryside. Utilizing rotating, secret venues, Smokescreen attempted to keep their renegade parties as underground as possible to avoid detection by local police - a feat they managed to accomplish on a regular basis. They also organized more legitimate events, such as nights in local clubs, and eventually took Smokescreen on tour, traveling across the European continent. All Smokescreen events featured deep house, with occasional back room sets of down tempo jazz and funk.

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