Rae & Christian

Rae & Christian

Profile:
British hip-hop/downtempo production team.

Mark Rae and Steve Christian worked together as recording artists, producers, and remixers, since thee mid 1990s. The pair first met when they were both occupying the same rehearsal space in Ducie House, Manchester, UK. The first meeting actually took place when Steve, who is the production strength of the duo, walked past Mark’s studio and informed him, in the nicest possible way, that his music was out of key.

The duo was the first act to emerge form Grand Central Records, a label that Mark Rae founded. It was a label that reflected the confident cosmopolitan of post-rave Manchester since it’s birth in 1995. Acts on the label, such as Aim, Only Child, VOTEL, and the Funky Fresh Few, were all initially introduced to Rae by going into his Manchester record shop "Fat City". Mark Rae had acquired music makers and talented DJ’s through word of mouth, an ideal that would continue as the label expanded in size and reputation.

A year after getting together, Rae & Christian enlisted the vocal skills of Veba to add a more diverse flavour to their sound. Contributions to the Grand Central compilations "Frying The Fat" (1995) and "Central Heating" (1996) attracted attention from the dance music press, and their debut album, "Northern Sulphuric Soul" (1998) fulfilled this early promise. The swagger of the singles "Spellbound" (1996/1998) and "All I Ask" (1999), along with Veba’s quality vocal delivery, ensured critical acclaim and admiration for the duo.

Their joint appreciation of hip-hop’s flavours did justice to the respected hip-hop acts they were able to call upon. The Jungle Brothers and Jeru The Damaja both contributed to the duo’s work, and these attributes gave the pair an edge over other late 1990s sampling contemporaries. This was coupled with a slick live show ensured that Rae & Christian had established themselves as artists in their own right. They pushed their reputation beyond underground circles also, gaining production credits with popular band Texas on albums "White On Blonde" (1997) and "The Hush" (1999).

At the same time as nurturing other acts on the label, their production and remix skills have been in demand by their peers (Lamb, The Pharcyde, Wai Wan, et al) and mainstream stars such as Natalie Imbruglia, Simply Red, and the Manic Street Preachers.

Their second album, "Sleepwalking" (2001), added new dimensions to their sound, as they brought in veterans such as Bobby Womack, Tania Maria, and The Congos, which added extra spice to their music. The album marked a change in approach for Mark Rae (DJ, beat merchant, and lyricist) and Steve Christian (music maker and production-wizard), towards more live instrumentation and varied songwriting partnerships, with their sound taking on a new shape.

Completed after a period away from the industry, their third album "Mercury Rising" (2013), has furthered their continual process to refine the combination of hip-hop ethics, traditional song writing, and 21st century production technology.
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Rae & Christian Discography Tracks

Albums

Rae & Christian Northern Sulphuric Soul (Album) Grand Central Records, [pias] US 1998 Sell This Version
Rae & Christian Sleepwalking (Album) Studio !K7, Grand Central Records US 2000 Sell This Version
PIASF 045 CD PROMO, 942.0045.220 Rae&Christian* Grand Central All Stars(CD, Mixed, Promo) [PIAS] Recordings, [PIAS] Recordings, Grand Central Records, Grand Central Records, Magic (2), Magic (2) PIASF 045 CD PROMO, 942.0045.220 France 2001 Sell This Version
Rae & Christian Nocturnal Activity (Sleepwalking Remixed) (Album) Grand Central Records, Studio !K7 France 2002 Sell This Version
Rae & Christian Mercury Rising (Album) LateNightTales Europe 2013 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Rae & Christian Northern Sulphuric Soul Grand Central Records UK 1996 Sell This Version
Rae & Christian Spellbound (Maxi, Single) Grand Central Records UK 1997 Sell This Version
Rae & Christian Feat Jungle Bros* Rae & Christian Feat Jungle Bros* - Play On Grand Central Records UK 1998 Sell This Version
Rae & Christian The Hush (Maxi) Grand Central Records UK 1998 Sell This Version
Rae & Christian Divine Sounds Grand Central Records UK 1998 Sell This Version
PLP-6335 Rae & Christian Featuring YZ Rae & Christian Featuring YZ - Now I Lay Me Down(12") P-Vine Records PLP-6335 Japan 1998 Sell This Version
none Rae & Christian Play On / Flip The Mic(12", Promo, W/Lbl) Grand Central Records none UK 1998 Sell This Version
BB002 Rae & Christian Swansong / Anything U Want(12", Promo) Grand Central Records BB002 UK 1998 Sell This Version
UAU5006263 Rae & Christian Spellbound(CD, Maxi) Up & Up, Grand Central Records Ltd., V2 Records Australia Pty Limited UAU5006263 Australia 1998 Sell This Version
SM-9084 DJ Rae & Christian Northern Sulphuric Soul (4-Song Sampler)(12", Promo, Smplr) Sm:)e Communications SM-9084 DJ US 1998 Sell This Version
Rae & Christian Swansong (Single, Maxi) Grand Central Records UK 1999 Sell This Version
Rae & Christian All I Ask (Single, Maxi) Grand Central Records, [PIAS] Australia 1999 Sell This Version
SM-9092-0 Rae & Christian Catch A Rude Awakening / All I Ask(12") Sm:)e Communications SM-9092-0 UK 1999 Sell This Version
Rae&Christian* Featuring Bobby Womack Rae&Christian* Featuring Bobby Womack - Get A Life (EP, Maxi) Studio !K7, Grand Central Records Germany 2000 Sell This Version
Rae & Christian It Ain't Nothing Like (The Nextmen Remix) (Maxi) Grand Central Records UK 2000 Sell This Version
GC 132 PROMO Rae & Christian Get A Life / Vai Viver A Vida(7", Ltd) Grand Central Records GC 132 PROMO UK 2000 Sell This Version
ALN703 Rae & Christian Flashlight (AnotherLateNight)(7", Ltd, Single) Treacle ALN703 UK 2001 Sell This Version
V2A0006 Rae & Christian It Ain't Nothing Like / Let It Go(CD, Maxi) V2 V2A0006 Australia 2001 Sell This Version
Rae&Christian* Featuring Dinah Washington Rae&Christian* Featuring Dinah Washington - Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby? (The Remixes) Verve Records Europe 2002 Sell This Version
Rae & Christian Hold Us Down (Maxi, Single) Studio !K7 UK 2002 Sell This Version

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caio.ck1

caio.ck1

April 23, 2014
edited over 3 years ago
One of my faves dual. Very creative productions mixing hip-hop, trip-hop, lounge, breaks, nujazz with jazz influences. The finest of "real" black music.

Uma de minhas duplas favoritas.Sabem criar excelentes produções que vão do , hip-hop, trip-hop, lounge, breaks, nujazz. Simplesmente o mais fino da "verdadeira" black music.

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