Decoder (duo)

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Also known asAtlas[citation needed]
Beyond Reality[citation needed]
Koda[citation needed]
Psykis[citation needed]
Pure White[citation needed]
Wild Orkid[citation needed]
Orca[citation needed]
OriginBristol, United Kingdom
GenresDrum and bass
Years active1991–present
MembersDarren Beale and Mark Caro

Decoder is the stage name of drum and bass and jungle producer Darren Beale and Mark Caro.[1]


Beale started his career in 1991 using various aliases creating some old school hardcore tracks. He continued with fine tuning the deep jungle sounds under the Orca and Koda aliases on Lucky Spin Records and its sister label, Deejay Recordings, releasing "Tranquility to Earth" in 1994. In 1995 he first used the Decoder pseudonym, pioneering the dark or 'tech step' style of drum & bass, often on Mark Caro's label Tech Itch Recordings.

1997 saw the release of Decoder's Decoded EP. Decoder's releases appeared on various labels, including Breakbeat Culture with Markee Ledge as Decoder & Substance, Tech Itch Recordings, BS1 Records, Hard Leaders, 31 Records and Audio Couture. Decoder also produced for Peshay's Miles From Home.

Beale's next release, the Encrypted EP, reached number three in Fabio & Grooverider's "Rollers Top Ten" chart in 1998. The Encrypted EP, along with "Headlock", "Deception" and Decoder's collaboration with Mark Caro, EKO, followed. The debut album, Dissection, appeared on Hard Leaders Records in 1998.[2] Decoder was also responsible for remixes of tracks such as Photek's "Rings Around Saturn", Adam F's "Dirty Harry" and Alan McGee's "The Chemical Pilot".

Beale later went on to form a new band called Kosheen with Markee Ledge.



  • Dissection (1998)
  • Encounters — Decoder & Substance (w/ Markee Ledge) (1999)
  • Concussion (2003)


  1. ^ Cooper, Sean. "Decoder | Biography". Retrieved 5 January 2011.
  2. ^ Bush, John. "Dissection — Decoder | Album Review". Retrieved 5 January 2011.