The Capoeira Twins are Tim Hancock and Ian Stratford, and were born out of one of the Midland’s longest running and most respected club nights, ‘Stump Juice’. Their punky jazz style was first spotted and released by Birmingham’s Rockers Hi-Fi in 1995 on their ‘D+G’ label to cult acclaim (being caned by the likes of Norman Cook and Gilles Peterson amongst others). The two tracks on the single, ‘Stump Juice Theme’ and ‘Pig Lick’ attracted the attentions of Athletico, Dope On Plastic, Trip Do Brasil and Wall Of Sound’s Mark Jones who all included them on subsequent compilations.
However, the duo only really broke into the nation’s collective consciousness with their stunning track ‘Four (4×3)’. Originally released on John ‘Dope On Plastic’ Stapleton’s ‘Blowpop’ label at the end of 1999, it rapidly became another cult classic. Particularly pleasing for the boys was the way it defied all the pigeon holes and drew fervent support from DJs as diverse as Mr Scruff, Graeme Park, The Wiseguys, Judge Jules, Steve Lamacq, Emma B and of course Pete Tong, who loved it so much he signed it to his label ffrr and made it the first tune on that season’s Essential Selection CD.
Capoeira Twins signed to Bristol’s Hope Recordings late in 2001. A renegade single ‘Messin’ Around’ (with an early remix by Will ‘Quantic’ Holland) was out on our Tru Thoughts imprint in December 2002, and proved to be one of the labels’ best-selling single at the time. The Capoeira Twins are also much in demand as remixers, having worked their magic on such acts as The Sugababes, Kitachi and Finland’s excellent NuSpirit Helsinki