Rae & Christian

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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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SM-8047-2 Northern Sulphuric Soul — Rae & Christian Rae & Christian Northern Sulphuric Soul (Album) Grand Central Records, [pias] SM-8047-2 US 1998 Sell This Version
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!K7096LP Sleepwalking — Rae & Christian Rae&Christian* Sleepwalking (Album) !K7 Records, Grand Central Records !K7096LP US 2000 Sell This Version
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PIASF 045 CD PROMO, 942.0045.220 Grand Central All Stars — Rae & Christian 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
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941.0070.020, PIASB 070 CD, !K7116CD Nocturnal Activity (Sleepwalking Remixed) — Rae & Christian Rae & Christian Nocturnal Activity (Sleepwalking Remixed) (Album) [PIAS] Recordings, [PIAS] Recordings, !K7 Records 941.0070.020, PIASB 070 CD, !K7116CD UK 2002 Sell This Version
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ALNCD33 Mercury Rising — Rae & Christian Rae & Christian Mercury Rising (Album) LateNightTales ALNCD33 Europe 2013 Sell This Version
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Singles & EPs

GC 109 Northern Sulphuric Soul — Rae & Christian Rae & Christian Northern Sulphuric Soul Grand Central Records GC 109 UK 1996 Sell This Version
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GC 116 Spellbound — Rae & Christian Rae & Christian Spellbound (Single, Maxi) Grand Central Records GC 116 UK 1997 Sell This Version
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BB004, BBCD 004 The Hush — Rae & Christian Rae & Christian with Texas Rae & Christian with Texas - The Hush (Maxi) Grand Central Records, Grand Central Records BB004, BBCD 004 UK 1998 Sell This Version
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BB002 Swansong / Anything U Want — Rae & Christian Rae & Christian Swansong / Anything U Want Grand Central Records BB002 UK 1998 Sell This Version
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BB001 Play On (Grand Central) — Rae & Christian Rae & Christian Play On (Grand Central) Grand Central Records BB001 UK 1998 Sell This Version
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PLP-6335 Now I Lay Me Down — Rae & Christian Rae & Christian Featuring YZ Rae & Christian Featuring YZ - Now I Lay Me Down(12") P-Vine Records PLP-6335 Japan 1998 Sell This Version
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BB003 Divine Sounds — Rae & Christian Rae & Christian Divine Sounds(12", W/Lbl) Grand Central Records BB003 UK 1998 Sell This Version
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SM-9084 DJ Northern Sulphuric Soul (4-Song Sampler) — Rae & Christian Rae & Christian Northern Sulphuric Soul (4-Song Sampler)(12", Promo, Smplr) Sm:)e Communications SM-9084 DJ US 1998 Sell This Version
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PLP-6334 Anything U Want — Rae & Christian Rae & Christian Anything U Want(12") P-Vine Records PLP-6334 Japan 1998 Sell This Version
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GC 122 CDS Swansong — Rae & Christian Rae & Christian Swansong (Single, Maxi) Grand Central Records GC 122 CDS UK 1999 Sell This Version
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UAU5006463 All I Ask — Rae & Christian Rae & Christian All I Ask (Single, Maxi) Grand Central Records UAU5006463 Australia 1999 Sell This Version
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PLP-6336 All I Ask / Spellbound — Rae & Christian Rae & Christian All I Ask / Spellbound(12") Grand Central Records PLP-6336 Japan 1999 Sell This Version
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SM-9092-0 Catch A Rude Awakening / All I Ask — Rae & Christian Rae & Christian Catch A Rude Awakening / All I Ask(12") Sm:)e Communications SM-9092-0 UK 1999 Sell This Version
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!K7096EP Get A Life — Rae & Christian Rae&Christian* Featuring Bobby Womack Rae&Christian* Featuring Bobby Womack - Get A Life (EP, Maxi) !K7 Records, Grand Central Records !K7096EP Germany 2000 Sell This Version
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GC 129 It Ain't Nothing Like (The Nextmen Remix) — Rae & Christian Rae & Christian It Ain't Nothing Like (The Nextmen Remix) (Maxi, EP) Grand Central Records GC 129 UK 2000 Sell This Version
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GC 132 PROMO Get A Life / Vai Viver A Vida — Rae & Christian Rae & Christian Get A Life / Vai Viver A Vida(7", Ltd, Promo) Grand Central Records GC 132 PROMO UK 2000 Sell This Version
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ALN703 Flashlight (AnotherLateNight) — Rae & Christian Rae & Christian Flashlight (AnotherLateNight)(7", Single, Ltd) Treacle ALN703 UK 2001 Sell This Version
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V2A0006 It Ain't Nothing Like / Let It Go — Rae & Christian Rae & Christian It Ain't Nothing Like / Let It Go(CD, Single) V2 V2A0006 Australia & New Zealand 2001 Sell This Version
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GC 151 Hold Us Down — Rae & Christian Rae & Christian Featuring The Congos Rae & Christian Featuring The Congos - Hold Us Down (Maxi, EP, Single) !K7 Records, Grand Central Records GC 151 UK 2002 Sell This Version
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5708141 Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby? (The Remixes) — Rae & Christian Rae&Christian* Featuring Dinah Washington Rae&Christian* Featuring Dinah Washington - Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby? (The Remixes) Verve Records 5708141 Europe 2002 Sell This Version

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April 23, 2014
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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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