Cass Browne helped to brighten up the UK independent scene as drummer with pop punksters, the Senseless Things. After that group disbanded in 1996, he retreated to his Twickenham, London base, where he teamed up with old friend Des Murphy and embarked on a new musical direction informed by his newfound interest in samplers. One of the duo’s first live appearances was on BBC2’s Newsnight, having been invited on the show to represent new British talent at the end of a discussion about the current state of the music industry. The minor hit singles ‘The Rock’ and ‘C’mon Cincinnati’ (with vocals by Rose Smith) were featured on their 1998 debut One Love, a soulful fusion of hip-hop, big beat and indie rock that drew inevitable comparisons to Beck and the Beastie Boys. The following March the duo completed a remix of teen pop star Billie’s ‘Honey To The B’ and parted company with Go! Beat.
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