In the wake of the release of 'Program' featuring Irah, Chase and Status, who this year, will celebrate 15 years of releasing music, have announced the release date of their long-awaited forthcoming album 'Rtrn II Jungle.' The album will land on May 31st and is available to pre-order, now. Last night, to celebrate, the trio held a live stream at the legendary Soho Black Market Records - now a barber’s shop in Soho but restored to its former musical glory for one night only.
Latest single'Program,' is the trio’s first offering of 2019. The black and white accompanying Taichi Kimura-directed visual sees the trio and Irah in an abandoned warehouse, with atmospheric dancers and spectators spread throughout the architecture.
UK DnB legends, Chase and Status are looking to inspire a cultural movement; bringing back British music and fashion of the golden years of Jungle music from the mid-late 90’s. The sound, project and accompanying documentary and installation, draw on Jungle music whilst also transporting it into the present day, and re-vamping the genre for the modern day music fan. “Now is time to look forward to the future - we want to create and spearhead a new cultural movement.” says Saul Milton Through periods of social and economic downturn, great music and fashion is made, and in the past year, the UK has seen a throwback to the 90’s hey day. “We will be representing DnB at it’s most soulful, raw, and uncut level,” adds Will Kennard.
Last year also saw the opening of Saul Milton’s second installation - Super Sharp Reloaded, at Selfridges. Speaking on the installation, Saul explains: “The queue was the catwalk.” Super Sharp Reloaded, once again explores the appropriation of Italian designer brands in the underground music scenes of Jungle and UK Garage. A huge moment for the trio, 'Rtrn II Jungle' marks fifteen years since the group started releasing music and touring the world. With this landmark moment in mind, Chase and Status have gone back to their roots and their passion - Jungle music. The genre that sculpted their career in the 90’s is back, and will be re-crafted in an authentic way. Instead of sampling Dancehall, the group have gone back to Jamaica - creating their own new music to sample, and forging an organic and irresistible sound.
Chase and Status are Will Kennard, Saul Milton and MC Rage. They are one of the most successful British bands of the past decade. Their groundbreaking debut album ‘More Than A Lot’ is certified Gold, and was followed by sophomore album ‘No More Idols’ - the second best-selling UK album by a British band in the year of its release. Having now surpassed double platinum status, ‘No More Idols’ included the smash hit UK top 5 single ‘Blind Faith’ featuring Liam Bailey, as well as UK top 10 ‘End Credits’ featuring Plan B. Chase and Status’ third studio album ‘Brand New Machine’ debuted at no. 2 in the album charts and spawned two top ten singles for the band.
Going full circle with fashion to how we were in the 90’s, 2018 sees the youth flashing designer labels, and listening to music that elevates their image further. Jungle is at the forefront of that, and 'Rtrn II Jungle' is set to floor fans and critics alike.