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Kicks Like a Mule


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Kicks Like A Mule is a rave/electronic music duo consisting of Richard Russell and Nick Halkes.

Their first single “The Bouncer” was a Top 10 hit in the UK Singles Chart when it was released in 1992. Although both Halkes and Russell worked at the XL Recordings label at the time of the single’s release (XL being run by Russell to this day), it was released on Rebel MC’s independent Tribal Bass label.

Kicks Like a Mule were also responsible for the remix of Awesome 3’s “Don’t Go”, and produced the song “Pass the Rizla” by London Posse on their album Gangster Chronicle (voted the most important UK hip hop album of all time in Hip Hop Connection magazine). Their second single, “Number One” was also released on the Tribal Bass label.

As ‘Lifelike’, Russell and Halkes also recorded the song “Lifelike”, which was released on FFRR Records. Although this was meant to be the first fruits of an album project the album never materialised.

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