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HEADING FOR MANX SHORES: The Utah Saints, from left, Jez Willis and Tim Garbutt

HEADING FOR MANX SHORES: The Utah Saints, from left, Jez Willis and Tim Garbutt

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THE Courthouse Club in Douglas continues its welcome habit of bringing over top DJs this month, with resurgent ’90s icons Utah Saints taking the decks on April 27.

The Leeds-based duo of Jez Willis and Tim Garbutt made a name for themselves with top 10 hits What Can You Do For Me?, Something Good and Believe In Me, blending vocal samples with house beats.

In 2012 they are fully back on the radar with a collaborative new version of What Can You Do For Me?, made with producers Drumsound & Bassline Smith, which has been doing the rounds on Radio One, championed by Zane Lowe and Chris Moyles no less.

They also scored a number one in the British dance charts in 2008 with a remake of Something Good, which originally sampled Kate Bush’s Cloudbusting, but was re-recorded with new vocals by the singer and actress Davina Perera.

After fanfare from their 1992 debut album died down, Utah Saints stayed out of the limelight but musically busy by producing remixes for artists such as Blondie, The Human League, Hawkwind, Simple Minds, James, Annie Lennox and The Osmonds.

The inclusion of The Osmonds must make that list one of the most diverse CVs in modern remixing! The lack of original releases in the years following the debut album was explained with the honourable excuse of ‘stopping before we got into a vicious cycle of people expecting them to come up with hits and writing music we wanted to hear’, the eventual 2000 follow up Two produced charting singles Love Song, Funky Music, Power To The Beats and Lost Vagueness.

Again shying from the subsequent limelight, the band nevertheless remained relentlessly active, releasing material through their BeatVandals project, launching their regular Leeds and Edinburgh-based club night SugarBeatClub, opening a new recording studio and eventually, in 2010, a new record label, Sugarbeats.

Releases under the Utah Saints name remain few and far between, though the gigging schedule for 2012 looks lively, including dates at The Secret Garden Party and Kendal Calling festivals.

At the Douglas gig warm up sets will come from local talent Matt Bruce, Jonathan Chadfield and Christian Clague.

Christian remembers the occasion two years ago, when he played at The Courthouse with visiting Utah Saint Tim. He said: ‘He’s a really decent guy, not in, get paid and gone like some DJs. He’s mainstream but he mingled! And he got in touch with me afterwards and said “nice set”.’

The night will kick off at 9pm for a 3am finish, with advance tickets available from The Courthouse for £10, and on the door on the night at £12.

Also, see the Facebook group facebook.com/events/#!/utahsaints for competitions from The Courthouse to win tickets.

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