distinctly different starting points Jay Hurren and Alex Banks ideas
about the music scene gradually converged (Jay was into hip-hop and
DJing, while Alex was more inclined to listen to soul & rare-groove).
Both had previously written for Moving Shadow, Alex as one half of Hyper-on
Experience (a collaboration with Danny Demierre of Flytronix fame) who
released the classic 'H.E. Anthem' (Shadow 17) and 'Lords of the Null
Lines' (Shadow 30), which saw follow up remixes by Foul Play (Shadow
30R1) and Nookie (Shadow 30R2). Jay, meanwhile, was working as one half
of JMJ & Richie (a partnership with Andrew Riches) who shot to fame
with the classic 'Free La Funk' (Shadow 68) remixed by PFM (Shadow 68R).
They started writing together in 1995 under the E-Z Roller name and
their first excursion onto vinyl and CD was the compilation album 'Storm
From The East' (Ashadow 4), put together exclusively for Moving Shadow.
This album was a regional showcase for local talent around Norfolk and
the East of Britain. The stage was set for the first E-Z Roller release...
'Retro' (Shadow 103), took the drum 'n' bass fraternity by storm followed
shortly by 'Synesthesia' (Shadow 110), and '25 Alpha/Spin Out' (Shadow
114). All were released throughout 1997 on Moving Shadow, again to consistently
positive press and public reception.
These were followed in April 1997 by 'Storm From The East 2' (AShadow
8). This compilation again received copious praise from the press and
went straight into the CIN Dance Album charts at number 3.
'Dimensions of Sound' (AShadow 5) was the first E-Z Rollers LP and came
out in May 1996 featuring the talents of vocalist Kelly Richards alongside
the E-Z Rollers production. This too received much critical acclaim
with the breadth and accomplishment of production on the album. Hardly
surprising when you consider Jay & Alex's veteran status on the jungle
scene. 'Weekend World˛ (Ashadow 12) became the E-Z Rollers' second long
player and was preceded by the infectious beats of the huge hit single
'Tough At The Top' (Shadow 120). This track had been receiving excellent
support on Fabio & Grooverider's Radio 1 show for several months, and
with the help of the awesome Andy C's Origin Unknown remix (Shadow 120R)
became a massive club and radio hit .
'Weekend World' was released the following month to massive public acclaim,
once again entering the CIN Dance Album charts at number 3. It was decided
on the success and response to this album to release 'Hang On/Weekend
World' (Shadow 122) with remixes by Calyx, DJ Addiction and E-Z Rollers
(Shadow 122R). Following on from this success the E-Z Rollers compiled,
'Drumfunk Hooliganz˛ (AShadow 14) which featured ten cutting tracks
from an assortment of new and established artists. Using their expert
knowledge of the contemporary scene to pick only the finest tracks,
the E-Z Rollers put together a superb selection of the funkier jazzy
beats emerging for the current scene. The album was well received, outselling
all previous compilations from the E-Z Rollers.
The next E-Z Rollers single due for release in November is a re-release
- by popular demand - of 'Walk This Land' (Shadow 130) which has gained
a new following after being featured in the hit film 'Lock, Stock and
Two Smoking Barrels'. The track has been heavily used in all of the
film's radio and tv advertising, hence it's immense popularity.
When not in the studio the E-Z Rollers are, more often than not, on
the road, Alex Jay and Kelly like nothing more than a good party and
recent DJ/PA gigs have taken them to Italy, Switzerland, Holland, Greece
and Germany. They have many plans for the future with their own newly
formed label 'Intercom' becoming
a vehicle for local, unsigned acts.