Chase & Status -- consisting of drum'n'bass DJs Saul Milton and Will Kennard -- earned their stripes after remixing the Capleton track "Duppy Man" to success in 2005. From there the duo had a string 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 won a 2009 Drum and Bass Award for Best Album. From there, Milton and Kennard dipped their toes into more pop-oriented production; "End Credits," a 2009 single featuring Plan B, entered the U.K. Top Ten and led to the 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 went on to earn double-platinum status.
At the beginning of 2012, Chase & Status were nominated for Best British Group at the prestigious Brit Awards -- a first for a drum'n'bass outfit -- yet were beaten to the gong by Coldplay. Not resting on their laurels, they spent 2012 playing live dates at festivals across the U.K. and Europe, including a sub-headline slot at the Download metal festival. As a thank-you to fans for their support, the festival favorite "Big Man" -- featuring vocals from Liam Bailey -- was released at the end of 2012. In 2013, the duo released the single "Lost and Found" featuring Louis M^ttrs, which hit the Top Ten in the U.K. and landed on their third studio album, Brand New Machine. The 2013 album was a darker effort than previous outings, featuring the '90s rave-flavored single "Count on Me." It peaked at number two on the U.K. album chart. ~ Chris True & Rich Wilson, Rovi