Both Rocky and Diesel have a truly pioneering spirit that fuelled early nineties underground anthems such as the percussive, US-influenced ‘Muzik Express’, the brooding moodiness of ’Kill 100’ (which was used by Raff Simmons for his first ever fashion show for the house of Givenchy) and a rare sense of personality and charm that gave rise to enduring classics like the 2003 Ivor Novello Award wining single ‘Lazy’ and ‘Give It’ with vocalists as unlikely yet inspired as Talking Heads’ David Byrne and Lambchop’s Kurt Wagner.
In the years since, the pair have continued to turn out powerful club cuts such as ‘Tonehead Chemistry’ and ‘Siren Track’ and have always been subtly evolving in the process. It means they are as adept at heads-down grooves as they are spacious, action-packed breakdowns, and this has helped keep them in favour with modern tastemakers like Seth Troxler, Eats Everything and Subb-an.
In their time this accomplished pair has released four full length albums, all of which combine powerful vocals with a wide school of influences. Many singles ensued and each one married classic ideals with contemporary grooves in ways only producers and music collectors of X Press 2’s standing could manage.The pair have recently signed to Acid Jazz. Licensing the early Junior Recordings and delivering an album of brand new material, set for release later this year.
Rocky and Diesel are still fanatical about the music they play and produce, and it is that which sets them apart. Rather than becoming a heritage act just playing the old classics, they still very much have their finger on the pulse and continue to lead from the front.