Rhys Adams first joined the Grand Central fold under the name Frankie Valley, when he remixed Mark Rae’s Candystripe for the third 12” to be taken from Marks debut album, Rae Road. He subsequently lent his production and writing skills to Marks follow-up LP, Into The Depths, and a natural collaborative partnership was cemented. Mark Rae has long been a figurehead of the UK music scene, following the success of his first production outfit, Rae & Christian, the establishment of the decade-old Grand Central Records and Manchesters Fat City record shop. Two solo albums followed the Rae & Christian releases, allowing Mark to take his DJing to crowds all over the globe.
Yes King, the pair’s latest venture, reiterates Marks tendency to outdo previous triumphs, building on what has gone before to create a new vibe for the dancefloor. Yes King is a melee of styles, fusing hip hop, dancehall, ragga tinged vocals and skank/ska rhythms to create a truly unique texture of sounds. The albums guest vocalists are as eclectic as the production styles and include key performances from Ayak (Winner of 2004s Princes Trust Urban Music Awards), Dawn Penn, Prezident Brown, Veba, Pete Simpson, Sweetie Irie, Kenny Knotts, Tor, Baby Chan (Suncycle) and Mystro.