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Kosheen are a British electronic music group based in Bristol, England. The trio consists of producers Markee Substance (born Mark Davies 1974, Springburn, Glasgow, Scotland) and Darren Decoder (born Darren Beale 1974, Bristol), with singer and songwriter Sian Evans (born 9 October 1973, Wales).[citation needed] The name of the band is a combination of the Japanese words for "old" (古, romanized transliteration 'ko') and "new" (新, 'shin').


Resist (1999 – 2002)

Their first album, Resist was released in September 2001 on Moksha recordings/BMG and reached number eight in the UK album chart. It spawned the singles "(Slip & Slide) Suicide", "Hide U" (covered by Suzanne Palmer the same year), "Catch", "Hungry" and "Harder". Resist was heavily promoted in the 2002 edition of the Nokia Game. A short loop of "Harder" could be heard from all parts of the game's virtual world.[citation needed]

Kokopelli (2003 – 2005)

Their second album, Kokopelli—released in August 2003 on Moksha recordings/Sony and named after a mythical Native American spirit—focused less on drum and bass beats and more on guitar riffs and darker-toned lyrics. It outperformed its predecessor in the UK album chart by reaching number seven and with single "All In My Head" also reaching number seven, but it did not sell as well as its predecessor.

Damage (2007 - 2008)

Their third album, Damage, released in Europe via Moksha/Universal Germany in March 2007. The UK edition of Damage, featuring two new tracks—"Analogue Street Dub" and "Professional Friend" (not included on the European edition)—was released via Moksha Recordings in September 2007. The first single from Damage, was "Overkill", and was released in March (Europe) and August 2007 (UK).

Independence (2012 - 2013)

Their fourth album is called "Independence" and first single was the song "Get A New One" followed by "Holding On" & "Mannequin" singles. Other confirmed songs on the album are "Sign", "Waste", "Spies", "Addict", "Harder They Fall", "Shut U Out", "Tightly" and "I Don't Need It". Kosheen DJs set up their own label Skeleton. First release 'Warning' was out on September 27. On 19 December 2010 was posted very first track "Belladonna" from upcoming album on their official FB page and 3 more tracks ("Waste", "Enter" and "You Don't Own Me") in remixing form on their Soundcloud page. On October 25, 2011, on their official Facebook page, Kosheen confirmed an album release in May 2012 and single on February 13. The second single is called "Holding On" & features Susie Ledge as the guest vocalist. An official announcement was made by the band on their official website that Independence was released at the end of September 2012.

Solitude (2013 - present)

On November 8, 2013, Kosheen debuted a video for a new song titled "Harder They Fall" as an introduction to their upcoming fifth studio album "Solitude". Four days later, the band uploaded the artwork to "Solitude" along with a release date of November 25, 2013.


Studio albums

Year Album details Peak chart positions Certifications



US Elec.

2001 Resist
  • Released: 17 September 2001
  • Label: BMG / Moksha
  • Formats: CD, LP
8 29 18 8 45 25 36 34 15
  • UK: Gold
2003 Kokopelli
  • Released: 11 August 2003
  • Label: BMG / Moksha
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download
7 67 6 10 16 22 25 30 40
  • UK: Gold
2007 Damage
  • Released: 10 September 2007
  • Label: Moksha recordings
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download
95 31 18 75 48 16 28 23 35
2012 Independence
  • Released: 1 October 2012
  • Label: Kosheen Recordings / Ledge Productions / Sony ATV
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download
37 41

Extended plays

Year EP details
2008 Berlin Live EP
  • Released: 4 August 2008
  • Label: Moksha
  • Formats: digital download


Year Single Peak chart positions Album
US Dance
1999 "Yes Men" non-album singles
"Dangerous Waters"
2000 "Hide U" / "Empty Skies" 73 78 33 Resist
"Catch" / "Demonstrate" 94
2001 "(Slip & Slide) Suicide" 50 34 80
"Hide U" (Remix) 6 23 3 77 5 39 15
"Catch" (re-release) 15 27 5 19 13 20 52 22
2002 "Hungry" 13 53 68 79 10
"Harder" 53
2003 "All in My Head" 7 37 54 18 Kokopelli
"Wasting My Time" 49
2004 "Avalanche" (download only)
2007 "Overkill (Is It Over Now?)" 60 70 Damage
"Guilty" (European download only)
2012 "Get a New One" Independence
"Holding On"
"Addict" 59
2013 "Harder They Fall" Solitude

Music Videos

Year Single Director
2001 "Hide U" Jason Smith
"Catch" Jeff Thomas
"Hide U (US Version)"
"(Slip & Slide) Suicide"
2002 "Hungry"
"Harder" Sven Harding
2003 "All In My Head"
"Wasting My Time" Mike Lipscombe
"Catch (BCDJ's Lounge Mix)" Jeff Thomas
2007 "Overkill"
2012 "Get A New One" Global Fire
"Holding On"


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