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X-Press 2

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(1992 – present)

X-Press 2 is a outfit, which made its first release in 1992 - demented sirens, typewriter-noise percussion & dance floor pyrotechnics - Muzik Xpress. They are three DJs: Ashley Beedle (aka The Crazy Gods, Daddy Ash & Urban Bushmen), Darren Rock (aka Rocky & Rock One) & Darren House (aka Diesel, D.S.L., Flextone & Yellow Sox) - all from unfashionable London suburbs & each having played leading roles, in the capital’s cooler, more influential, club scenes.

Their first studio session left them cold theyd intended to sample an old Cloud One track but that typewriter percussion noise was all that survived. Everyone else disagreed. Muzik X-Press was an instant worldwide club hit. DJs as influential as Pete Tong and New Yorks Junior Vasquez then in his Sound Factory prime loved it. Clubbers around the world declared it an instant anthem. Its follow up, the juddering, funky London X-Press with its exhortation to “raise your hands!” was just as monstrously successful, it was the daft dancefloor smash, Say What, that came next. When their records began to get, as Ashley puts it, “more oblique”, the three were content to put X-Press 2 aside and move onto other projects, and the three moved effortlessly into jazzier, funkier, more downbeat arenas with their internationally respected Ballistic Brothers team-up.

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