Stanton Warriors are the breakbeat duo Dominic Butler and Mark Yardley. They are a DJ and producer team of Nu skool breaks, a style of electronic dance music. Originally from the West Country, the pair now play high-profile sets at internationally-renowned clubs such as Fabric and Sankeys Soap in the UK, and travel the globe extensively, with international acclaim in Europe, Canada, America and Australia. Their style is sometimes described as a fusion of electro, breakbeat and 2-step UK garage. Their name was taken from a hexagonal shaped manhole cover, made by Stanton Ironworks, based in Ilkeston, Derbyshire which seemed fitting with their style of underground, cutting edge style of music. Its also a reference to Stanton DJ products. The name was originally conceived from one of the warriors tripping over a "Stanton Warrior" draincover on Tower Bridge.
In 2001, Stanton Warriors laid down a fresh new sound with the seminal ‘Stanton Sessions’ that was instantly signed to XL Recordings. The mix saw off competition from Fat Boy Slim and Deep Dish to win Best Album at the Dance Star Awards, and again at the Muzik Mag Awards where they beat Dave Clarke and Danny Tenaglia, whilst the mix recently featured in Mixmags top 50 best compilations ever industry poll. ‘Stanton Sessions’ went on to become the biggest selling breaks album of all time. High profile remixes for such luminaries as Missy Elliot, Fat Boy Slim, Basement Jaxx, Mylo, Freeform Five, and Busta Rhymes amongst others constantly fill their diary, whilst their own original material continues to push the boundaries. They are incomparable when it comes to working with vocalists. In a scene renowned for instrumentals, Stanton Warriors have jetted around the world to record with vocal talents that include Big Daddy Kane, Twista and The Beatnuts, implementing house, electro, hip -hop and funk elements into their sound.
In 2006 Stanton Warriors signed their debut album ‘Lost Files’ to V2, becoming one of the first breaks act to sign to a major. Released to massive critical acclaim, ‘Lost Files’ received support from a variety of djs across a variety of different scenes, with major support from MTV and Pete Tong on Radio 1. The album was also play listed to Radio 1 & XFM daytime shows plus countless other stations around the world. ‘Stanton Sessions 2’ was released at the same time and was immediately voted ‘Album Of The Year’ on Annie Nightingale’s BBC Radio 1 Show; and this is not forgetting the request to mix Fabric’s milestone 30th compilation, which was voted ‘Timeout Compilation Of The Year’ and ‘Breakspoll Compilation Of The Year’ respectively, with the mix ultimately becoming one of the fastest selling in the series.
In 2008 Skint Records brought together Dom and Mark’s killer versions of Gorillaz’ ‘Feel Good Inc’, Alter Ego’s legendary ‘Rocker’ and Azzido Da Bass’s ‘Dooms Night’ amongst a great deal more on ‘Remixes’. The compilation perfectly showcased the Stantons sound and made it clear why DJ Mag included them in their recent list of the ‘50 Best Remixers Of All Time’.
Their most recent accolades include winning Best DJ and Best Compilation for Stanton Sessions Vol 3 at the annual Breakspoll Awards (Feb 09) and Number 1 breaks djs in DJ Magazines Top 100 for the past two years in a list awash with trance and house djs. The awards are testament to having played at every major festival and super club around the world – treading an international path that few djs can rival.
Stanton dj sets are famed for incorporating exclusive original tracks mixed with homemade edits / remixes of cutting edge sounds from underground house through to abstract hip hop and everything in between. It’s all blended into a melting pot of low down booty electro punkishness, and is continually reminding the world why Stanton Warriors have remained unrivalled in their genre for more than a decade.
The Stanton Warriors' third mix album was released in the UK on October 27 2008 entitled Stanton Session vol. 3, which is their best seller to date and received a rare and coveted 5 out of 5 from iDJ. This was also released in a Limited Run, Deluxe-Edition Stanton Warriors manhole cover tin pack.
The graffiti style artwork, (and their SW logo) seen on many of their releases and merchandise is the work of several renowned graffiti artists, SheOne and Rough, the latter of which won a design award for the artwork on the Stanton's single, Da Antidote.
The Stantons have been known to release free to download promo dj sets through their websites where there is also live video footage of their gigs. Now based in London, they run a successful record label (Punks) out of their West London recording studio and are currently touring and working on their second artist album, due out late 2009.
They are managed by Threesixzero Group and all bookings can be made through William Morris Electronic(UK/Rest of World), Fuzzy (Australia) and The Windish Agency (USA/Canada)
- Headz of State EP (1997) (with Deeper Cut)
- The Stanton Session (2001)
- The Stanton Sessions Vol. 2 / The Lost Files (2006)
- Fabric Live 30 (2006)
- Remixes (2007) (Skint) Compilation of Stanton Warrior's Remixes of other artists.
- The Stanton Sessions Vol. 3 (2008)
Singles [not exhaustive]
- Deeper cut/Headz of State EP (1997)
- Da Virus
- Da Antidote
Remixes [not exhaustive]
- Basement Jaxx - Bingo Bango (Stanton Warriors Remix)
- Fatboy Slim - Demons (Stanton Warriors Remix)
- Basement Jaxx - Where's Your Head At (Stanton Warriors Remix)
- The Streets - Has It Come To This (Stanton Warriors Remix)
- Azzido Da Bass - Dooms Night (Stanton Warriors Remix)
- Mylo - Drop The Pressure (Stanton Warriors Remix) (Punks)
- Deekline & Ed Solo - Hands up (Stanton warriors remix)
- Claude Von Stroke - Who's Afraid of Detroit (Stanton Warriors remix)
- Cosmos - Take me with you (Stanton Warriors 'Break Me with You' Remix) (Punks)
- Booka Shade - Mandarine Girl (Stanton Warriors Remix)
- Gorillaz - Feel Good Inc (Stanton Warriors Remix)
- Brighton Port Authority - Toe Jam (Stanton Warriors Remix)
- Alter Ego - Rocker (Stanton Warriors Remix)
- Goose - Bring it on (Stanton Warriors Remix)
- Apollo 440 - Dude Descending a Staircase (Stanton Warriors Remix)
- Tim Deluxe - It just wont do (Stanton Warriors Remix)
- Beginnerz - Reckless Girl (Stanton Warriors Remix)
- Plump DJs - Shifting Gears (Stanton Warriors Remix) (Finger Lickin' Records)
- Eurythmics – ‘Here Comes The Rain Again (Stanton Warriors Remix)
- Frankie Valle & The Four Sessions – ‘Beggin’ (Stanton Warriors Remix)’ (CDR)
- DJ Medhi – Signitune (Stanton Warriors remix) - Ed Banger
- Digitalism – Zdarlight (Stanton Warriors remix) - Virgin
- Chemical Brothers – Saturate (Stanton Warriors mix)
- Yo Majesty – Club Action (Stanton Warriors Remix)
Biography from Wikipedia