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Once in a while, a band comes along that doesnt just ignore the rulebook, but rewrites it. Since forming in the late
90s, Kosheen have proved that success doesnt have to come on someone elses terms. Fusing the plaintive,
potent vocals of singer Sian Evans with the darkly intimate electronica of Darren Decoder and Markee Substance, Kosheen create
songs where the sounds tell the story as much as the lyrics while the boundaries of genres are blurred and challenged.
The world agreed they were something special. Kosheens compelling, anthemic track Hide U reached number
6 in the UK, while Catch hit number 15 and Hungry reached number 13. The accompanying album, Resist,
went on to reach number 8 in the UK and made the top 30 in Australia, The Netherlands, Belgium and Greece. It has since sold
a million copies worldwide. Hide U also won Track of The Year at the Muzik Dance Awards and Record
of The Year at the Dancestar USA Awards in Miami and Kosheen bagged 'Best Live Dance Act' at Dancestar UK.
Ignoring the accepted protocol that dictates dance acts dont play live, Kosheen then set off on tour and
turned their attention to their second album. Enthused by the incredible reception they had received live, they began writing
songs with that in mind, tracks they knew would sound great on stage. The resulting record, Kokopelli, was a hypnotic,
intimate collection of songs from the soul. It became Kosheens highest UK charting LP, going in at number 6 and helped
earn them their second Brit Award nomination.
Darren said: I think it was harder and darker than the first album, and a lot more personal too. There are more guitars
in there too but its not a rock album. Weve taken elements of music that we enjoy and fused it all together to
come up with something different.
Crucially, the music sounded darker and more apocalyptic, Sians lyrics grew more personal, as she revealed herself.
While the bleak Recovery told of a feeling of not fitting in, coupled with excess of drugs or alcohol, All
In My Head, the first single released from Kokopelli and going straight into the chart at number 7.
After Kokopelli went Gold in the UK, Kosheen left BMG in the midst of the SONY BMG merger, signed to Universal
Germany (UDD), and returned to the studio, with a new drive and vision and worked on their third album, Damage
for the next two years. Sonically referencing both the electronica of Resist and the creativity and darkness of
Kokopelli, Kosheen created their biggest and most beautiful record to date.
Since Damage in 2007, the band has been busy on other projects. Markee and Darren, the bands producers,
have been DJing worldwide and releasing techno as Kosheen DJs on labels like 1605 and BluFin as well as their own Skeleton
Recordings imprint. Meanwhile singer Sian Evans has been busy making guest appearances on tracks for different producers,
most notably Louder with DJ Fresh, which reached number one in the UK Top 40 late last year.
However, the band have always been working on new Kosheen material and the delay between releases is down to leaving their
record label and setting up their own label, Kosheen Recordings, to release the new album.
"Now they have professional distribution sorted in the UK and Europe they are able to control the destiny of their own music.
For the last ten years we've been signed to major labels which really stifles you creativity, says Markee. We
want to be consistently releasing music that's fresh and current to us. We have such a back log of tracks now so the new album
will be a selection of the best!
Inevitably the new album is called Independence and Kosheen show us what we've always loved about them. The ability
to turn from deep and intense electronica to lonesome spotlight moments where the technology is stripped away, it's an intensely
beautiful and deeply disturbing place to be. It's a stellar return, effortlessly mixing genres like dub, drum & bass and downtempo
to create their own unique space and time.