Rae & Christian

Rae & Christian

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Mark Rae and Steve Christian have been working together for over six years as recording artists, producers and remixers. The pair first met when they were both occupying the same rehearsal space in Ducie House, Manchester. The first meeting actually took place when Steve, who is the production strength of the duo, walked past Mark’s studio and informed him that his music was out of key, in the nicest possible way! The pair decided to embark on a partnership that has seen them work for six years and achieve critical and public acclaim for their work.

The duo was the first act to emerge form Grand Central Records, a label that Mark Rae founded. It is a label that has 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 the shop. Mark Rae had acquired music makers and talented DJ’s through word of mouth and the personal touch, an ideal that would continue as the label expanded in size and reputation.
A year after getting together, Rae and 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” and “Central Heating” attracted attention from the dance music press and their debut album, “Northern Sulphuric Soul” fulfilled this early promise. The swagger of the singles “Spellbound” and “All I ask” and 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 nineties sampling group, and coupled with a slick live show ensured that Rae and Christian had established themselves as artists in their own right. They pushed their reputation beyond underground circles also, gaining production credits with Texas on “White On Blonde” and “The Hush”.

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) and mainstream stars such as Nathalie Imbruglia, Simply Red and The Manic Street Preachers. Their second album brought in new dimensions to their sound as they brought in veterans such as Bobby Womack, Tania Maria and The Congos, which has added extra spice to their music.“Sleepwalking”, their second album, marked a change in approach for Mark Rae (DJ, beat merchant and lyricist) and Steve Christian (music maker and production-wizard). Moving towards more live instrumentation and more varied songwriting partnerships their sound has taken on a new shape. A continual process, they refine their combination of hip hop ethics, traditional song writing and 21st century production technology
"Sleepwalking boasts a style, and a charm, entirely its own."- The Guardian
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Rae & Christian Discography

Albums

SM-8047-2 Rae & Christian Northern Sulphuric Soul (Album) Grand Central Records, [pias] SM-8047-2 US 1998 Sell This Version
!K7096LP Rae & Christian Sleepwalking (Album) Studio !K7, Grand Central Records !K7096LP 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
!K7116CD Rae & Christian Nocturnal Activity (Comp, Album) Grand Central Records !K7116CD France 2002 Sell This Version
ALNCD33 Rae & Christian Mercury Rising (Album) LateNightTales ALNCD33 Europe 2013 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

GC 109 Rae & Christian Northern Sulphuric Soul Grand Central Records GC 109 UK 1996 Sell This Version
GC 116 Rae & Christian Spellbound (Maxi, Single) Grand Central Records GC 116 UK 1997 Sell This Version
BB001 Rae & Christian Feat Jungle Bros* Rae & Christian Feat Jungle Bros* - Play On Grand Central Records BB001 UK 1998 Sell This Version
BB004 CD Rae & Christian The Hush (Maxi) Grand Central Records BB004 CD UK 1998 Sell This Version
BB003 Rae & Christian Divine Sounds Grand Central Records BB003 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
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
GC 122 CDS Rae & Christian Swansong (Maxi) Grand Central Records GC 122 CDS UK 1999 Sell This Version
UAU5006463 Rae & Christian All I Ask (Single, Maxi) Grand Central Records, [PIAS] UAU5006463 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
!K7096EP Rae&Christian* Featuring Bobby Womack Rae&Christian* Featuring Bobby Womack - Get A Life (EP, Maxi) Studio !K7, Grand Central Records !K7096EP Germany 2000 Sell This Version
GC 129 Rae & Christian It Ain't Nothing Like (The Nextmen Remix) (Maxi) Grand Central Records GC 129 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
GC132 Rae & Christian Get A Life(7", Promo) Grand Central Records GC132 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
5708141 Rae&Christian* Featuring Dinah Washington Rae&Christian* Featuring Dinah Washington - Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby? Verve Records 5708141 Europe 2002 Sell This Version
GC 151 Rae & Christian Hold Us Down (Maxi, Single) Studio !K7 GC 151 UK 2002 Sell This Version

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caio.ck1

caio.ck1

April 23, 2014
edited about 1 year 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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