Five Tracks: X-Press 2

British underground act X-Press 2 were responsible for some of the biggest club tracks to be released throughout the ‘90s and early ‘00s, including the likes of ‘Lazy’ and ‘The Sound’ – and they’re still going strong as a duo almost three decades later.

More recent outings from the pair have come via record labels such as Skint Records and Lost & Found, and they recently announced the forthcoming release of their 5th studio album, ‘Thee’, which will arrive on Eddie Piller & Gilles Peterson’s Acid Jazz label in October.

We welcome the pair to Inflyte this week to highlight not only their own productions, but those of others, as they shine a light on titles from Kevin Saunderson, 6th Borough Project, Kerri Chandler, and others. Get the full list, including words from X-Press 2 themselves below.

Harry Romero – The Journey
Label: Defected

“Like us, Harry has been around for a minute or two, but he still remains relevant. The perfect blend of tribal percussion and Afrobeat feel. Hearing the builds, drops, and that dark twisted vocal takes us back to the dancefloor; heads down, lost in the groove, waiting for that moment when you all look up at the same time with that ‘WTF is this?!’ look on your face.”

Nova Vida ft. Klei – My Only
Label: CBI Recordings

“Someone that was and remains a huge influence for us both, as DJs and producers, is Chris Bangs. We’ve both known Bangsy for nearly 40 years now. His latest musical offering has everything that we loved about his music from back in the day but with a contemporary edge, complete with beautiful sunshine latin vibes and Klei’s fabulous vocal. First played on a boat party cruising round Mallorca. The perfect setting for the sound of the summer.”

Kevin Saunderson & Santonio – How To Play Our Music
Label: KMS Records

“Two of the pioneers of Detroit techno and big, big favourites of ours. This is a killer reissue which was originally released way back in 1987 on their KMS Records label. After thirty-six years it still sounds completely timeless and is now digitally available via Beat Music Fund. Tough rhythms, signature drums and bassline throughout. One for the heads.”

Kerri Chandler & Rev F.L. Brown – Prayer (Vocal Mix)
Label: Kaoz Theory

“Kerri Chandler is one of the finest and most consistent producers out there. His body of work is second to none. We’ve both known and admired Kerri from his label via Madhouse Records back in 1991 and love the New Jersey sound. This track has to be up there with his very best, released in 2021 and features the killer soulful vocals of the Rev F.L. Brown. Intense!”

6th Borough Project – Rhythm
Label: Delusions Of Grandeur

“Something new that we’re liking alot is this latest offering from Craig Smith and Graeme Clark, aka. 6th Borough Project. They have been putting out great house music since 2008 and this is another sweet house groove that works perfectly when building a set. Taken from their ‘Rhythm and Truth’ EP on the ever excellent Delusions of Grandeur label. A must.”

X-Press 2 – Thee LP is out October 13th on Acid Jazz.