Saturday, March 23, 2013

L.A. Style

L.A. Style were a dance music/techno duo from the Netherlands that consisted of producers/musicians Denzil Slemming (or Michiel Van Der Kuy) and Wessel Van Diepen (or Maxx Mondino).
In 1991, the duo released their debut single, "James Brown is Dead" which peaked at #59 on the Billboard Hot 100, #4 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart, and #14 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart. Internationally, the song was successful, topping the charts in Belgium, the Netherlands and Spain and reached the Top 10 in Australia, Germany, Sweden, Italy, and Switzerland.
In 1992, L.A. Style released their debut album, "The Album." When the album was released in the United States a year later, it managed to peak at #21 on Billboard's Heatseekers albums chart. The album marked the first appearance of female trip-hop vocalist Nicolette as a featured singer and lead artist FX (or Frans Zid Merkx).
The duo's follow-up single, "I'm Raving" peaked at #120 on Billboard's Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart and #9 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart. Despite L.A. Style's international success, they faded into obscurity in 1995 after FX left.

In recent years, there have been rumors of L.A. Style being reformed with FX, but since then, Wessel van Diepen works as a popular DJ in the Netherlands while FX has has been working with the main producer and old friend behind DJ Chukie Fabian Lennsen.

To see the music video for "James Brown Is Dead," go to:

To see the music video for "I'm Raving," go to:

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