I never did understand why a trio would call themselves X-Press 2. Ashley Beedle, Diesel and Rocky were the three. They have been around since the early 90s but only really made it big with their crossover hit “Lazy” in 2002, nearly 10 years after they started.

British house trio X-Press 2 comprised former record store manager Ashley Beedle (aka Black Science Orchestra), DJ Diesel, and DJ Rocky (aka Problem Kids). The threesome became involved in electronic music in 1993 while playing in a post-acid house outfit called Ballistic Brothers. Their first hit single, titled “Say What,” peaked at number 32 in the U.K. chart in October 1993. In October 2000, X-Press 2 released “AC/DC,” followed by “Muzikizum,” and “Smoke Machine” in 2001. A year later, the deep house single “Lazy” anticipated their debut album, Muzikizum, featuring collaborations from electro/pop Yello’s Dieter Meier and Talking Heads’ David Byrne. In 2006, the group released its second album, Makeshift Feelgood. Coast2Coast arrived in 2008, as did greatest hits collection Raise Your Hands (Best of X-Press 2). ~ Drago Bonacich, All Music Guide

Three tracks from their long career, starting with an earlyish track, followed by my favouite of their tracks – the menacing smoke machine – and finally their big hit in its Freeform Five remix version:

x-Press 2 – Say What [London Underground Mix]  

X-Press 2 – Smoke Machine [Koma and Bones Mix]  

X-Press 2 – Lazy (Freeform Five Mix)  

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~ by acidted on January 27, 2010.

One Response to “X IS FOR X-PRESS 2”

  1. […] early 90s. X-Press2 were the esteemed team of Ashley Beedle, Darren Rock, Darren House (previously here) who would hit it big in the later 90s, especially with their hit Lazy, but who seem to have […]

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