Genre spammers and breaks pioneers, Stanton Warriors (aka Dominic B. and Mark Yardley) met while working at the seminal garage label 51st Recordings. Natives of the Southwest UK and increasingly sick of contributing great work to other artists, they knocked heads, pooled resources and fashioned a pair of renegade tunes fusing the random playful hustle of nu-breaks with the sweeping good looks of early garage. It was to be the birth of breakbeat intelligence. They emerged the darlings of the remix set, serving fixings for acts like Basement Jaxx, Missy Elliiot, Artful Dodger, Busta Rhymes, Fatboy Slim, Chicken Lips, Azzido Da Bass, Mylo, Freeform Five & Apollo 440. XL pricked their ears up in 2001, signing the duo for the release of their full-length debut mix 'The Stanton Session' later that year. It wasn't long before their own brand of massive beats rolled clubs the world over harder than any sound heard before. 'The Stanton Session' knocked off competition from Fatboy Slim & Deep Dish to win best album at the Dancestar Awards, and incredibly again at the Muzik Magazine Awards, where they beat the likes of Dave Clarke & Danny Tenaglia. It also still remains as the biggest selling breakbeat mix of all time.
"When we first did press interviews we never ever said what our sound was; inevitably, the ultimate question would be: 'What kind of sound is it, is it breakbeat, is it electro house?' The most we would ever say is that it was underground dance music, or fresh music or something along those lines. And by doing that, inadvertently we got to play on so many different kinds of platforms - we would rinse the festival circuit out because we would be seen as quirky, or a bit different. And we would play in big super house clubs more than in breakbeat clubs, because our sound would work with house. We did prog house clubs, and electro house clubs and urban clubs, and some bad boy 2step clubs...so from doing all these different gigs, from doing the Glastonbury dance tent to doing small intimate venues, we got to see all the different places that you can play. It's nice to get that kind of universal feeling, that everyone can get down to your sound." Stanton Warriors
FABRICLIVE 30 delivers what the Stanton Warriors do best: some of the best seamless boompity boomp boomp booty-shaking grooves ever cut to plastic. Slide Spank Rock up against Booka Shade, throw Old Skool Junx next to Deekline & Edd Solo, shimmy Freeform Five alongside King Unique, and create a genre-bending club ready mix of exclusive up-front breaks mashing special re- edits against a hiphopcumMiamibootyelectropunk landscape. It's a line up of unusual suspects, yet still manages to echo pure Stanton Warriors, with the duo producing exclusive cuts, blends and re-imaginings, all with that special breakbeat work down.