An In Depth Look At: Chase and Status

Drum and bass, dubstep, grime, hip-hop, and liquid funk are each uniquely interesting genres with a wide variety of artists and sounds associated to each.  However, they are united under the careful manipulation of Chase and Status frontmen Saul Milton (Chase, DJ/guitarist/programmer/keyboards) and Will Kennard (Status, DJ/programmer/keyboards).

They first began producing music back in 2003, and between ’03 and ’05, they released the EPs ‘Wise Up’, ‘Ten Tonne’, and ‘Love’s Theme’.  They also released track ‘Barbarians’ on the album Guerrilla Warfare, ‘Hood Rat’, a remix of ’20/20′ from Hardware Chronicles Vol. 2‘, ‘Glitch’ on Hardware Chronicles Vol. 5, ‘Menace’ on 3 The Hard Way Vol.2, single ‘Duppy Man’, and ‘Druids’ on Drum and Bass Arena Presents DJ Zinc.

Debut album, More Than a Lot, was released in October of 2008 and was the number two album on the U.K. dance album chart.  This marked the departure from Chase and Status’ pure drum and bass roots and the introduction to a jungle inspired dubstep and breakbeat/hip-hop sound.  They collaborated with rapper Plan B. for the single ‘Pieces’, Kano in ‘Against All Odds’, Takura, ‘Streetlife’, and Digga on track ‘Take U There’.  More Than a Lot was re-released in September 2011 with added content ‘Saxon’, ‘Heartbeat’, and ‘In Love’ featuring Jenna G.  ‘Saxon’ had been previously released on GetDarker Presents: This Is Dubstep.

Chase and Status began work again with Plan B. and released ‘End Credits’ in 2009.  The track was made in conjunction with movie Harry Brown which starred Michael Cain, Emily Mortimer, Plan B., Jack O’Connell, and Liam Cunningham.  ‘End Credits’ was the movie’s theme track and hit number nine on the U.K. singles chart.  They made another Top Forty track the following year with ‘Let You Go’.

Their second album, No More Idols, released in January of 2011, features collaborations with many artists such as Plan B. ‘Fool Yourself’ and ‘End Credits’, Tempa T ‘Hypest Hype’, Tinie Tempah ‘Hitz’, Dizzee Rascal ‘Heavy’, Cee-Lo Green ‘Brixton Briefcase’, White Lies ‘Embrace’, and Clare Maguire ‘Midnight Caller’.

Rage and Andy Gangadeen were added for the Chase and Status live show in 2009.  Chase and Status has done three tours in the U.K., touring in America for the first time in 2011.  In 2009, they formed the record label MTA Records, with artists 16bit and Nero signed as well as many others in the drum and bass and dubstep genres. Chase and Status also produced three tracks on Rihanna’s album Rated R, including ‘Mad House’ and ‘G4L’.

If you haven’t stumbled upon these DnB prodigies yet, you might want to get the best sense of the complexity of Chase and Status’ style, by checking out ‘Saxon’, ‘Eastern Jam’, ‘End Credits’, ‘Heavy’ and ‘No Problem’.

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