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Bentley Rhythm Ace

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Also known as  BRA
Years active  1995–present
Origin  Birmingham, England
Record labels  Skint Records, Parlophone
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Members  Richard March, Mike Stokes
Genres  Big beat, Electronica, Electro house, Electronics in rock music
Albums  For Your Ears Only, Bentley Rhythm Ace, FSUK3

Bentley Rhythm Ace (BRA) are a British electronic music duo formed in Birmingham in 1995, consisting of Mike Stokes and Richard March.


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The band was formed in Birmingham by Richard March, formerly with the group Pop Will Eat Itself, and Mike Stokes formerly with Bugweed Centipede, with guest appearances by James Atkin, a member of indie band EMF. "Both more or less penniless, they drank in the same pub and were forced to buy their records at the cheapest place possible - car boot sales". Their live drummers were Keith York and Fuzz Townshend, alongside whom March previously played in Pop Will Eat Itself.

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BRA signed on the Brighton based record label Skint and released their eponymous debut album, Bentley Rhythm Ace in 1997, which spawned the popular single "Bentleys Gonna Sort You Out!".

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A second album, For Your Ears Only, was released in 2000 on Parlophone but was less popular. A further single "Madam, Your Carriage Awaits" was released. The group also compiled a two CD FSUK compilation album. In 2004, the Bentleys released a 4-song record with Sophia Lolley called Angel Face.

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The name probably refers to the Rhythm Ace line of analogue drum machines manufactured by Ace Tone, some of which were rebranded and distributed by Bentley Pianos in the UK.

The group epitomises the big beat era. Signed to Skint Records, they enjoyed commercial success with their music being used on television advertisements and having an underground following.

The group split in 2000 after which they played the occasional low-key DJ set. In 2016 the duo reformed and played live sets across the UK at festivals, supporting The Wonder Stuff's December tour and headlining a few of their own shows.

DJ mixes

  • FSUK3 (1998)
  • Band members

  • Richard March (born 4 March 1965, York, England) - bass, engineering
  • Mike Stokes (born 15 June 1971, Birmingham, England) - keyboards, turntables, programming
  • James Atkin (vocalist for EMF, born 28 March 1969, Birmingham) - vocals, guitars
  • Fuzz Townshend (born 31 July 1964, Hammersmith, London, England) - drums
  • Songs

    Bentley's Gonna Sort You OutBentley Rhythm Ace · 1997
    Theme From 'Gutbuster'For Your Ears Only · 2000
    Run on the SpotBentley Rhythm Ace · 1997


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