Kosheen

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Kosheen
Origin Bristol, England, UK
Genres Trip hop, breakbeat, alternative rock, electronica
Years active 1999–present
Labels Moksha Recordings
2000–2010
Sony BMG
2001–2004
Universal
2007–2010
Website www.kosheen.com
Members Markee Ledge
Sian Evans
Darren Decoder
Mitch Glover

Kosheen are a British electronic music group based in Bristol, United Kingdom. The trio consists of Welsh singer-songwriter Sian Evans (born 9 October 1971, Caerphilly) with producers-song writers Markee Ledge (born Mark Davies, 1974, Springburn, Glasgow) and Darren Decoder (born Darren Beale, 1974, Bristol).[citation needed] The name of the band is a combination of the Japanese words for "old" (古, romanized transliteration 'ko') and "new" (新, 'shin').

History[edit]

Resist (1999 – 2002)[edit]

Their first album, Resist was released in September 2001 on Moksha recordings/BMG and reached number eight in the UK album chart. It spawned the singles "(Slip & Slide) Suicide", "Hide U" (covered by Suzanne Palmer the same year), "Catch", "Hungry" and "Harder". Resist was heavily promoted in the 2002 edition of the Nokia Game. A short loop of "Harder" could be heard from all parts of the game's virtual world.[citation needed]

Kokopelli (2003 – 2005)[edit]

Their second album, Kokopelli—released in August 2003 on Moksha recordings/Sony and named after a mythical Native American spirit—focused less on drum and bass beats and more on guitar riffs and darker-toned lyrics. It outperformed its predecessor in the UK album chart by reaching number seven and with single "All In My Head" also reaching number seven, but it did not sell as well as its predecessor.

Damage (2007 - 2008)[edit]

Their third album, Damage, released in Europe via Moksha/Universal Germany in March 2007. The UK edition of Damage, featuring two new tracks—"Analogue Street Dub" and "Professional Friend" (not included on the European edition)—was released via Moksha Recordings in September 2007. The first single from Damage, was "Overkill", and was released in March (Europe) and August 2007 (UK).

Independence (2012 - 2013)[edit]

Their fourth album is called "Independence" and first single was the song "Get A New One" followed by "Holding On" & "Mannequin" singles. Other confirmed songs on the album are "Waste", "Spies", "Addict" & "Tightly". Kosheen DJs set up their own label Skeleton. First release 'Warning' was out on 27 September.[1][2] On 19 December 2010 was posted very first track "Belladonna" from upcoming album on their official FB page[3] and 3 more tracks ("Waste", "Enter" and "You Don't Own Me") in remixing form on their Soundcloud page.[4] On 25 October 2011, on their official Facebook page, Kosheen confirmed an album release in May 2012 and single on 13 February.[5] The second single is called "Holding On" & features Susie Ledge as the guest vocalist. An official announcement was made by the band on their official website that Independence was released at the end of September 2012.

Solitude (2013 - 2015)[edit]

On 8 November 2013, Kosheen debuted a video for a new song titled "Harder They Fall" as an introduction to their upcoming fifth studio album "Solitude".[6] Four days later, the band uploaded the artwork to "Solitude" along with a release date of 25 November 2013.[7]

On recent gigs Darren Decoder no longer appears on stage with the band & long time touring drummer Mitch Glover now appears to be a full time member of the band alongside Markee Ledge & Sian Evans.

Solo Work[edit]

In October 2015 Markee Ledge announced he was releasing a new solo album named 'Elevate', featuring guest vocalists Alys Be, Susie Ledge & Jodie Elms.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
UK
[8]
AUS
[9]
AUT
[10]
BEL
[11]
GER
[12]
NL
[13]
FIN
[14]
SWI
[15]
US Elec.
[16]
2001 Resist
  • Released: 17 September 2001
  • Label: BMG / Moksha
  • Formats: CD, LP
8 29 18 8 45 25 36 15
2003 Kokopelli 7 67 6 10 16 30 40
2007 Damage 95 18 75 48 23 35
2012 Independence 37 41
2013 Solitude
  • Released: 25 November 2013
  • Label: Kosheen Records / Active Distribution Ltd
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download

Extended plays[edit]

Year EP details
2008 Berlin Live EP
  • Released: 4 August 2008
    [18]
  • Label: Moksha
  • Formats: digital download

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Album
UK
[19]
AUS
[9]
AUT
[10]
BEL
(FLA)

[11]
GER
[12]
FIN
[14]
NED
[13]
SWE
[20]
US
Dance

[16]
1999 "Yes Men" non-album singles
"Dangerous Waters"
2000 "Hide U" / "Empty Skies" 73 78 Resist
"Catch" / "Demonstrate" 94
2001 "(Slip & Slide) Suicide" 50 34 80
"Hide U" (Remix) 6 23 3 77 5 39 15
"Catch" (re-release) 15 27 5 19 13 20 52 22
2002 "Hungry" 13 53 68 79 10
"Harder" 53
2003 "All in My Head" 7 37 54 18 Kokopelli
"Wasting My Time" 49
2004 "Avalanche" (download only)
2007 "Overkill (Is It Over Now?)" 60 70 Damage
"Guilty" (European download only)
2012 "Get a New One" Independence
"Holding On"
"Mannequin"
"Addict" 59
2013 "Harder They Fall" Solitude

Music videos[edit]

Year Single Director
2001 "Hide U" Jason Smith
"Catch" Jeff Thomas
"Hide U" (US version)
"(Slip & Slide) Suicide" Cody Burridge
2002 "Hungry"
"Harder" Sven Harding
2003 "All In My Head"
"Wasting My Time" Mike Lipscombe
"Catch" (BCDJ's Lounge Mix) Jeff Thomas
2007 "Overkill"
"Guilty"
2012 "Get a New One" Global Fire
"Holding On"
"Mannequin" Global Fire
2013 "Harder They Fall" Global Fire

References[edit]

  1. ^ "KOSHEEN on Twitter". Twitter. 
  2. ^ Warning on Amazon.co.uk
  3. ^ "Security Check Required". 
  4. ^ "kosheen>". SoundCloud. 
  5. ^ "Single release...". Facebook. Retrieved 2012-04-14. 
  6. ^ British breakbeat group Kosheen premiere "Harder They Fall"
  7. ^ "Facebook". 
  8. ^ "ChartArchive - Kosheen". Chartstats.com. 2012-04-09. Archived from the original on 2012-05-30. Retrieved 2012-04-14. 
  9. ^ a b "AUS Charts > Kosheen". ARIA Charts. Retrieved 2010-09-27. 
  10. ^ a b "Discography Kosheen". Austrian-Charts.com. Retrieved 2010-09-27. 
  11. ^ a b "Ultratop > Discografie Kosheen". ultratop.be. Retrieved 2010-09-27. 
  12. ^ a b "Chartverfolgung > Discografie Kosheen". musicline.de. Retrieved 2010-09-27. 
  13. ^ a b "Discography Kosheen". dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 2010-09-27. 
  14. ^ a b "Discography Kosheen". finnishcharts.com. Retrieved 2010-09-27. 
  15. ^ "Kosheen Kokopelli album". hitparade.ch. Retrieved 2010-09-27. 
  16. ^ a b "US Billboard Charts > Kosheen". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2010-09-27. 
  17. ^ a b "BPI Certified Awards". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 2010-09-11. 
  18. ^ "iTunes / Kosheen". iTunes. Retrieved 2010-09-27. 
  19. ^ "UK Charts > Kosheen". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2010-09-11. 
  20. ^ "Kosheen Discography". swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 2010-09-27. 

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