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Mint Royale

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Manchester, England (1997 – present)

Mint Royale is a big beat electronic music act from Manchester, England. It was originally founded by the duo of Neil Claxton and Chris Baker; the latter left the band in 2004, but Claxton continued to produce music using the Mint Royale name. They are widely known for their remixes. Notably “Singin’ In The Rain”, which made #1 in the UK in 2008 after the song was used by dancer George Sampson on the hit show Britain’s Got Talent.

The band originally started in 1997. They first specialized in remixes, and became known after the release of their mix of “Tequila”, by Terrorvision. They were championed by British dance guru Norman Cook, whose DJ sets regularly included their work. Their sound was similar to his, to the extent that some people mistakenly believed Mint Royale to be a pseudonym for Cook himself. Their first album, On the Ropes was released in late 1999, and though it was not a big sales hit, some songs from it have achieved recognition. The single “Don’t Falter”, featuring Lauren Laverne from Kenickie, was a minor hit in the British charts. The song “From Rusholme with Love” has been made recognisable through its extensive use in film and television series soundtracks. Notable examples include the theme tune for the film Kung Pow! Enter The Fist, as well as being present on the soundtrack of the films Vanilla Sky, Get Carter, Serendipity and the television series ALIAS and Spaced. The song “Because I’m Worth It” has also been used as the theme tune for the Jamie Theakston and Zoë Ball chat show The Priory.

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