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The EZ Rollers are a drum and bass group made up of Jay Hurren , Alex Banks & Kelly Richards .
The duo of Jay Hurren and Alex Banks helped define the easy-rolling 2Step of Moving Shadow Records during the late '90s with their recordings as EZ Rollers, after developing hardcore breakbeats earlier in the decade as JMJ & Richie and Hyper On Experience . Both were originally involved in the mid-'80s rare groove and hip hop scene around their native East Anglia, promoting shows and DJing as well. They moved into house as well after the rave explosion, and while Banks increasinly concentrated on production work in his home studio during the early '90s, Hurren continued to mix at events, usually billed as JMJ .
The duo began recording (separately at first) after meeting emerging jungle producer LTJ Bukem -- Banks with Hyper On Experience and Hurren with JMJ & Richie (as well as the solo project Parallel World ). Hurren and Banks' various singles for Rob Playford 's Moving Shadow and Bukem's Good Looking include "Montana" and "Universal Horn" as JMJ & Richie, "Thunder Grip" and "Lords of the Null Lines" as Hyper On Experience, "Second Encounta" and "The Rhodes Tune" as Flytronix -- helped write the template for smooth drum'n'bass with plenty of jazz texture but swift rhythms to keep the vibes moving in clubs.
After meeting up with vocalist Kelly Richards at one of their shows, Hurren and Banks decided to form EZ Rollers around the threesome. Their debut album Weekend World appeared in mid-1996, followed by several additional singles for Moving Shadow and the full length follow up Weekend World. Hurren and Banks have also worked on production for Foul Play and Peshay .
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