England’s Chase & Status are one of the most commercially successful acts associated with drum’n’bass and dubstep, with multi-platinum albums, numerous charting singles, and production work for major artists like Snoop Dogg and Rihanna. Consisting of dance DJs and record-label owners Saul Milton and Will Kennard, with additional live performers, the group combine cutting-edge beats and production techniques with elements of rock, pop, reggae, hip-hop, and other styles, resulting in energetic tracks fit for the club as well as the radio.
Milton and Kennard first emerged as a U.K. garage/breaks duo in 2003 before switching to drum’n’bass around 2005. They earned their stripes after remixing the Capleton track “Duppy Man” to success that year. From there, the duo signed to Andy C.’s Ram Records imprint and began with a pair of club hits — in 2007 with the double A-sided “Hurt You” b/w “Sell Me Your Soul” and 2008’s “Take Me Away” — that also reached the top of the U.K. dance charts. A full-length was finally released in 2008. Entitled More Than Alot, it featured appearances from Kano, Takura, and Digga, and was well-received critically; it reached number 49 on the British charts and won a 2009 Drum’n’Bass Award for Best Album. In 2009, Milton and Kennard dipped their toes into more production, producing album tracks for Rihanna and Tinchy Stryder, as well as Snoop Dogg’s dubstep track “Snoop Dogg Millionaire.” They also collaborated with Plan B on “End Credits,” which hit the U.K. Top Ten. Its success led to Chase & Status’ 2011 album No More Idols, which featured collaborations with Dizzee Rascal, Tinie Tempah, and Cee-Lo Green. Spending 35 weeks in the U.K. Top 40, No More Idols has gone on to earn double-platinum status.
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