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Red Snapper are a British instrumental band founded in London in 1993 by Ali Friend (double bass), Richard Thair (drums), and David Ayers (guitar). The three core members are also joined by various guest musicians and vocalists on different records. According to music journalist, Jason Ankeny (Allmusic) “the British acid jazz trio were notable for their pioneering synthesis of acoustic instruments and electronic textures”.

Stylistically, Red Snapper’s music contains elements of , , , , and , as well as references to early and .

The band released three EPs before signing to Warp Records for their debut album, Prince Blimey (1996).[1] The band were a somewhat unusual feature of Warp Records’ 1990s roster: in contrast to the studio-oriented IDM the record label primarily dealt in, the band had a live and organic sound: a smoky mixture of dub, jazz and all tempos of breakbeat from trip hop to drum and bass. In 1997, Red Snapper (along with the Foo Fighters) supported The Prodigy on their Fat of the Land tour in the UK

For their follow-up Making Bones they were joined by jungle MC Det, Byron Wallen the jazz trumpeter and singer Alison David. The latter was replaced by Karim Kendra by their third album, Our Aim Is to Satisfy (2000).

In early 2002, Red Snapper announced its dissolution.

Also in 2002 the compilation album It’s All Good was released. It included a previously unreleased track, “Ultraviolet”.


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  • prettybarf

    Is their name as lewd as it seems?

    9 May 7:09am Reply
  • Vladislav-TrAsT


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  • loulou311

    Could anyone recommend the best album to start with? If there are any instrumental albums (free of all vocals) that would float my boat. Thanks in advance.

    9 Nov 2014 Reply
  • KeljavDabar

    They fucking rule all genres and sound perfectly. Theres so much soul in their live performances, incredible connection with crowd. Maybe the best experimental band when we are talking about mix of jazz, trip-hop and electronica.

    21 Oct 2014 Reply
  • lazaLCDFan

    I like this new album very much. It's very cohesive and constituent in comparing to their previous releases ('Key' especially). I love the african influnce too. Generely sounds like very good soundtrack to that 'Touki Bouki' movie. Very good listening all the way through.

    3 Sep 2014 Reply
  • SPaGetTea


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  • Marxism1

    Does anyone know when the Touki Bouki score is going to be released? If going to be released at all of course.

    27 Feb 2014 Reply
  • RedZnapper

    just to keep all our great fans up to date…The new Red Snapper album 'Hyena' will be released on September 1st on Lo Recordings. In May we will release an EP which will include a taster from the new album and a really special remix from Auntie Flo amongst others. Dates for your diary so far..May 9th..1st live show for the new album in Pontardawe Arts Centre, Near Swansea, South Wales (Beautiful Theatre), May 24th London Scala (Soundcrash) with Venetian Snares. Loads more to come, hope you understand the delay, we have to get this right so the world hears about it. Spread the word please, we are really proud of this. x

    20 Feb 2014 Reply
  • scizoprenic

    фукинг грэйт

    15 Jan 2014 Reply
  • epoch_wave

    Koktebel performance was so inspiring and full of euphoria! thank you so much! hope to visit your concert in Nizhny Novgorod (Russia)

    27 Sep 2013 Reply
  • 3_teller_bitte

    great music!

    16 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Feejee


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  • st9ler

    awesome show @ krasnodar

    17 Feb 2013 Reply
  • AlaNio

    These guys are wicked.

    11 Feb 2013 Reply
  • shakalaka

    Pure gold!

    1 Nov 2012 Reply
  • djakkk

    Trip-hop/downtempo/abstract hip-hop

    22 Oct 2012 Reply
  • Gordonflesher

    Очень круто

    20 Oct 2012 Reply
  • musicsdope

    Interesting Charts. Wanga Doll is @ 51? 4 Dead monks is def one of their greatest.

    16 Oct 2012 Reply
  • analogattention

    If you like Red Snapper you might be as well interested in a new project Analog Attention Double bass in yur face :-)

    17 Sep 2012 Reply
  • samheerey

    Grasscut have announced that they will be playing a big London show at the Shacklewell Arms on 20th June to celebrate the release of their new album "Unearth" ( coming out on Ninja Tune in July. Brainfeeder's new signing RYAT has just been added in support and she has just dropped her new album "Totem" ( on Brainfeeder. Sure to be an awesome night of incredible new music - Check out the event here

    12 Jun 2012 Reply
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