If a jam-packed show at Miami's Ultra Music Festival, production collaborations with Rihanna and a sold-out U.S. tour are any indication, America is thirsting for British EDM duo Chase & Status.
Saul "Chase" Milton and Will "Status" Kennard released their second album, No More Idols, in the U.S. this week via Casablanca Records. The album, released in Europe in January 2011, is certified platinum in the U.K., with more than 500,000 units sold.
"We've been over the moon with the success of No More Idols," Kennard told MTV News recently. "It was beyond belief for us, really, and true, tunes have been floating around here for a while, but it's getting a proper release."
Kennard described the "proper release" as a "big, full package" with plenty of remixes, including efforts by Feed Me, Nero and Dillon Francis. The deluxe edition will include a DVD and exclusive content from their 2011 No More Idols Tour.
No More Idols runs a gamut of EDM , with a bit of grime, dubstep, drum n' bass, rock and more. It houses hit U.K. singles in "End Credits" featuring vocalist/actor/friend Plan B, rock-ish hit "Hypest Hype" featuring Tempa T, and the cinematically exquisite "Blind Faith" featuring Liam Bailey, among others.
The hit album has galvanized quite a following Stateside, and Kennard said he and Milton are grateful for the unexpected attention.
"It's an exciting time for electronic dance music, and we are just proud to be a part of it," Kennard said. "We did the tour last year, and we thought it was going to be a wash out, really, because you're a million miles away from home. The record didn't get picked up by radio. So on and so forth. And then you go and do these clubs and these shows, and they are sold out full to the brim with people knowing all the words and everything. And it's a great feeling, man."
Chase & Status plan to bring their live show — often accompanied by drummer Andy Gangadeen, James Brown and vocal collaborators Rage, Tempa T, and Liam Bailey — to Indio, California's Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.
Save for a few festival gigs, the duo now mean to hunker down in their lab and hope to complete their third album by year's end. They are still in the early stages, tinkering around with sounds, but they say inspiration is all around them.
"You can't ignore what Skrillex has done," Milton revealed. "We are good friends with Sonny. He's a class act, but musically he's just done something really incredible and just run with it. Nero as well. Odd Future, we are massive fans of what they do."
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