Dillon & Dickins

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Dillon & Dickins
Background information
Also known as 99 Allstars
Crazy Prophylactic
Disco Biscuit
European Express
Gorgeous Darlings
Higher State
Lentil Love Cake
Miss Stuck-Up
On The Blag
Sleeze Queen
Sound Environment
Swag Bag
Origin London
Genres Dance music
UK garage
Years active 1992 – present
Labels Higher State, 99 North, 99 Degrees
Website www.higherstate.co.uk MySpace Page Facebook Page
Members Marc Dillon, Patrick Dickins

Dillon & Dickins is a Dance music production group based in London, United Kingdom, and one of the many aliases used by House music producers and DJs Marc Dillon and Patrick Dickins[1] who also founded the dance record company and music publishing company Higher State.[2][3] Other aliases include the commonly miss-spelt Dillon & Dickens, Dpd, 99 Allstars, Disco Biscuit, Sound Environment, Spacebase, Upstate and their more successful one, Illicit.[4]


As Dillon & Dickins, their Steers & Queers EP (catalogue numbers 99NTH15 & CDNTH15), released on Higher State's sublabel 99 North in May 1999, contained a track entitled "Queers R Doin It" which was used in the U.S. TV series Queer As Folk.

Having released a number of unofficial so-called Mashup songs under the alias of Illicit,[5] one of their first official releases under this alias was "Pulsation" featuring Shannon (best known for her vocals on "Let the Music Play"), released on 99 North in 2000.[6]

However, their most successful chart bound release was "Cheeky Armada",[7] released in September 2001 on Azuli's Yola label, which reached number 72 in the UK Singles Chart.[8] This was a revocalised and replayed version of one of their Mashup songs called "Sneaky Armada",[9] which combined Groove Armada's "I See You Baby" with Teddy Pendergrass's "You Can't Hide From Yourself". This single also featured the vocals of Gram'ma Funk, who performed the original vocals on "I See You Baby".

Under the alias of Dillon & Dickins, notable remixes include Vengaboys "Cheekah Bow Bow (That Computer Song)", Blackout "Gotta Have Hope" (which included an interpolation of the classical music piece Also sprach Zarathustra by Richard Strauss, and which also reached number 46 in the UK Singles Chart in March 1999[10]), Todd Terry "It's Over Love" (which also featured Shannon on vocals), Gala "Freed from Desire" and Martha Wash & RuPaul's cover version of The Weather Girls "It's Raining Men".

As Illicit, remixes include Alcazar "Crying at the Discoteque", Cyndi Lauper "Shine", Madison Avenue "Who The Hell Are You", Cher "Song for the Lonely", Stevie Nicks "Planets of the Universe, Kylie Minogue "Butterfly", India.Arie "Brown Skin" and Etta James "Miss You", the latter of which was used in the soundtrack of the second season of the U.S. TV series Queer as Folk.

They have also contributed music for the UK film Shoot The DJ which was released in 2010 by Sonic Hub Films and directed by Sean J Vincent, Dan Peters, Andre Renner and Kim Wilde's brother Ricky Wilde. Both Ricky and Kim Wilde are cast in the film alongside Tony Hadley and Normski.[11]

'Digigen', the first single from their album "Exquisite Illicit", was released on 2 September 2011[12] and featured the then 13 year-old South London based rapper Sonny.[13] This was subsequently followed by 'Nite Moves' featuring the vocals of Rose Windross, which was released on 16 December 2012.[14] The album was released on 10 February 2012.[15]



Dillon & Dickins[edit]

  • 2012 "Exquisite Illicit"

99 Allstars[edit]

  • 1997 "Metal Can Collection"


Dillon & Dickins[edit]

  • 1999 "Steers & Queers EP"
  • 2000 "Stop The Groove"
  • 2007 "Shake It Like A Jamaican" (feat. Gram'ma Funk) / "Smash The Computer Up" (feat. Dog Ears Montana)
  • 2011 "Digigen" (feat. Sonny)
  • 2011 "Nite Moves" (feat. Rose Windross)


  • 2000 "Cheeky Armada" (feat. Gramma Funk)
  • 2000 "Pulsation" (feat. Shannon)

99 Allstars[edit]

  • 1996 "Allstars EP Vol 1"
  • 1996 "Allstars EP Vol 2"
  • 1996 "Luv is All You Need"
  • 1998 "Soakin' Wet"
  • 1998 "Chemical Generation"
  • 2001 "Space Sensation" / "Loverman"


  • 1993 "I Need You"
  • 1994 "Release"
  • 1996 "Patience" / "Frustration"
  • 1998 "What Am I Gonna Do" (feat. Kate Cameron)

Other Aliases[edit]

  • 1992 Groovoid "Until U Drop EP"
  • 1992 Mesozoik "The Future EP"
  • 1992 Kartoid "Kartoid EP"
  • 1992 Dillon "Make It Take It"
  • 1993 Sound Environment "Natural High"
  • 1993 Crazy Prophylactic "Reach"
  • 1993 Disco Biscuit "Disco Biscuit"
  • 1993 Lentil Lovecake "Don't Desert Me"
  • 1993 Sound Environment "Natural High (The Remixes)"
  • 1993 NASA "Secret"
  • 1993 Sound Environment "Feel So High"
  • 1993 Disco Biscuit "Disco Biscuit (Remixes)"
  • 1994 Higher State "Trust"
  • 1994 On The Blag "Working Jocks E.P. Vol. 1"
  • 1994 Swag Bag "The Money EP"
  • 1994 European Express "Heaven"
  • 1994 Sound Environment "Had Enough E.P."
  • 1994 Lentil Lovecake "Let Me See"
  • 1995 Gorgeous Darlings "I Want U"
  • 1995 Miss Stuck-Up "Stick Together"
  • 1995 Upstate "I Get High"
  • 1996 Gorgeous Darlings "Boy U Take Me" / "Alright" / "Angel"
  • 1996 Upstate "I Get High (Remixes)"
  • 1996 Disco Biscuit "Disco Biscuit (Remixes)"
  • 1996 DPD Featuring Rose Windross "Sign Your Name" / "Problem Child"


Higher State[edit]

  • 1993 Nootropic "Nu-Reality"
  • 1994 Semper "Forever"
  • 1994 The Numerical Value "Krazy Noise"
  • 1994 Happy Larry's Big Beat Orchestra "Lego Beat"
  • 1995 Black River "Kill Dem Off"

Dillon & Dickins[edit]

  • 1994 Euphonix "Love Divine"
  • 1995 Natural Born Grooves "Forerunner"
  • 1996 Movin' Melodies "Rollerblade"
  • 1996 Bizarre Inc "Playing with Knives"
  • 1997 Jimmy Somerville "Dark Sky"
  • 1997 United States Of Erica "I'm So Sick of Models"
  • 1997 Mood II Swing "All Night Long"
  • 1997 The Experts "I'll Take You There"
  • 1997 Gifted "Do I"
  • 1997 Anthony & Georgio "Equilibrium"
  • 1997 Gala "Freed from Desire"
  • 1997 Spellbound "Heaven on Earth"
  • 1997 Kool World Productions "Invader"
  • 1997 Todd Terry Presents Shannon "It's Over Love"
  • 1997 Martha Wash Feat. RuPaul "It's Raining Men"
  • 1997 Mad Moses "Panther Party"
  • 1997 Todd Terry "Ready for a New Day"
  • 1997 Blackout "Gotta Have Hope"
  • 1998 The Quest Project "Angel"
  • 1998 High Society "Feel the Love"
  • 1998 Discotecs "Playmate Puzzle"
  • 1998 Rachel McFarlane "Lover"
  • 1998 State Of Mind - This Is It
  • 1998 Prophets Of Sound "High"
  • 1998 Dubstar "I Will Be Your Girlfriend"
  • 1998 The Taste Xperience Feat. Natasha Pearl "Summersault"
  • 1999 Dirty Habit "Ready to Rock"
  • 1999 Turbo Funk "Strong"
  • 1999 Emilíana Torrini "To Be Free"
  • 2000 Vengaboys "Cheekah Bow Bow (That Computer Song)"
  • 2000 Dapa Doosa "Make It Right"


External links[edit]


  1. ^ http://www.discogs.com/artist/Dillon+%26+Dickins Dillon & Dickins on Discogs
  2. ^ http://www.higherstate.co.uk Higher State's official Website
  3. ^ http://www.musicweek.com/mp_product_details.asp?productid=424290 Higher State's Music Week Listing
  4. ^ http://www.discogs.com/artist/Illicit Illicit on Discogs
  5. ^ http://www.discogs.com/label/Not+On+Label+(Illicit+Remix+Series) List of Illicit "versus" songs on Discogs
  6. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Illicit-Pulsation/release/97319 "Pulsation" on Discogs
  7. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Illicit-Feat-Gramma-Funk-Cheeky-Armada/release/1069370 "Cheeky Armada" on Discogs
  8. ^ Roberts, David. Guinness Book of British Hit Singles & Albums. Guinness World Records Ltd 17th edition (2004), p. 267 ISBN 0-85112-199-3
  9. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Various-Exquisite-EP/release/72643 "Sneaky Armada" on Discogs
  10. ^ Roberts, David. Guinness Book of British Hit Singles & Albums. Guinness World Records Ltd 17th edition (2004), p. 63 ISBN 0-85112-199-3
  11. ^ http://www.shootthedj.com/cast-crew.html Cast and Crew page of Shoot The DJ official website
  12. ^ http://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/digigen-feat.-sonny-ep/id451117471 iTunes listing for "Digigen" single
  13. ^ http://www.loadmp3.co.uk/load/scripts/default.asp "Exquisite Illicit" album and 'Digigen' single release info on their digital distributors website
  14. ^ http://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/nite-moves-feat.-rose-windross/id487098729 iTunes listing for "Nite Moves" single
  15. ^ http://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/exquisite-illicit/id494554391 iTunes listing for "Exquisite Illicit" album