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The drum'n'bass trio tagged Kosheen molds something sophisticated and complex, and their hypnotic breakbeats took their native U.K. by storm at the close of the '90s. Fronted by Welsh-born singer/songwriter Sian Evans and Bristol dance natives Darren Decoder and Markee Substance, Kosheen's meeting arrived in 1998. Evans was invited by Decoder and Substance to lay down some guest vocals and something clicked. A unit had been solidified and Kosheen immediately began work on their hip-hop/soul-driven sound. The debut single "Hide U" grabbed hold of the dance circuit in mid-2001, later earning Kosheen honors for Best Single at the Drum & Bass Awards in the U.K. BBC Radio 1 raved about it nonstop and trance guru John Digweed was already spinning Kosheen tracks such as "(Slip & Slide) Suicide" and "Catch" into his club sets. Already poised to take over electronica's ever-changing world, Kosheen's debut album, Resist, was issued in their native land in the fall of 2001. Two years later the more rock-leaning Kokopelli came out, and in 2007, after some delay, the trio's third full-length, Damage, which sought to meld the drum'n'bass of Resist with the guitars of their second record, hit shelves.


Kosheen are a British electronic music group based in Bristol, England. The trio consists of producers Markee Ledge (born Mark Davies 1974, Springburn, Glasgow, Scotland) and Darren Decoder (born Darren Beale 1974, Bristol), with singer and songwriter Sian Evans (born 9 October 1971, Wales). The name of the band is a combination of the Japanese words for "old" (古, romanized transliteration 'ko') and "new" (新, 'shin').


History1.1 Resist (1999 – 2002)1.2 Kokopelli (2003 – 2005)1.3 Damage (2007 - 2008)1.4 Independence (2012 - 2013)1.5 Solitude (2013 - present)


Resist (1999 – 2002)[edit]

Their first album, Resist was released in September 2001 on Moksha recordings/BMG and reached number eight in the UK album chart. It spawned the singles "(Slip & Slide) Suicide", "Hide U" (covered by Suzanne Palmer the same year), "Catch", "Hungry" and "Harder". Resist was heavily promoted in the 2002 edition of the Nokia Game. A short loop of "Harder" could be heard from all parts of the game's virtual world.

Kokopelli (2003 – 2005)[edit]

Their second album, Kokopelli—released in August 2003 on Moksha recordings/Sony and named after a mythical Native American spirit—focused less on drum and bass beats and more on guitar riffs and darker-toned lyrics. It outperformed its predecessor in the UK album chart by reaching number seven and with single "All In My Head" also reaching number seven, but it did not sell as well as its predecessor.

Damage (2007 - 2008)[edit]

Their third album, Damage, released in Europe via Moksha/Universal Germany in March 2007. The UK edition of Damage, featuring two new tracks—"Analogue Street Dub" and "Professional Friend" (not included on the European edition)—was released via Moksha Recordings in September 2007. The first single from Damage, was "Overkill", and was released in March (Europe) and August 2007 (UK).

Independence (2012 - 2013)[edit]

Their fourth album is called "Independence" and first single was the song "Get A New One" followed by "Holding On" & "Mannequin" singles. Other confirmed songs on the album are "Sign", "Waste", "Spies", "Addict", "Harder They Fall", "Shut U Out", "Tightly" and "I Don't Need It". Kosheen DJs set up their own label Skeleton. First release 'Warning' was out on 27 September. On 19 December 2010 was posted very first track "Belladonna" from upcoming album on their official FB page and 3 more tracks ("Waste", "Enter" and "You Don't Own Me") in remixing form on their Soundcloud page. On 25 October 2011, on their official Facebook page, Kosheen confirmed an album release in May 2012 and single on 13 February. The second single is called "Holding On" & features Susie Ledge as the guest vocalist. An official announcement was made by the band on their official website that Independence was released at the end of September 2012.

Solitude (2013 - present)[edit]

On 8 November 2013, Kosheen debuted a video for a new song titled "Harder They Fall" as an introduction to their upcoming fifth studio album "Solitude". Four days later, the band uploaded the artwork to "Solitude" along with a release date of 25 November 2013.

On recent gigs Darren Decoder no longer appears on stage with the band & long time touring drummer Mitch Glover now appears to a be full time member of the band alongside Markee Ledge & Sian Evans.

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09.05.15 Jazz Cafe London, London UK