The Brighton, England-based band Chungking (named after a film they liked called Chungking Express) was formed by musicians Sean Hennessey and James Stephenson, with Hennesseyâ€™s then girlfriend Jessie Banks recruited as vocalist. The trio spent the next few months recording tracks and pressing demo CDs. A 12-inch somehow found its way into the hands of Tim â€˜Loveâ€™ Lee, the owner of Tummy Touch Records, who was so impressed that he tracked the trio down and signed them to his label. Chungking released a four-track EP, Itâ€™s Now Safe To Turn Off Your Computer, in 2001, which contained a spellbinding cover version of Minnie Ripertonâ€™s â€˜Les Fleurâ€™. Other singles followed, including â€˜Bubble Loveâ€™ and â€˜Dolphin Boyâ€™, but it was during this time that Banks and Hennessey split up. However through a love of the music and a belief in the band they elected to continue working together. In June 2003, Tummy Touch released Chungkingâ€™s full-length debut, We Travel Fast. A melting pot of Portishead and Morcheeba mixed in with some Boards Of Canada -style â€˜off the wallâ€™ production, the album received strong reviews in the UK press, with particular attention paid to Banksâ€™ ultra-cool vocals. Hennessey and Stephenson decided to remix the album the following year, replacing two tracks and housing the album in a different sleeve. The reworked album was released in late 2004 on the Gut label and under a new title, The Hungry Years. A three-year hiatus followed during which Stephenson parted company with Hennessey and Banks. The former lovers returned in summer 2007 with their second album proper, Stay Up Forever. The album marked a notable change in style, with electro pop workouts to the fore and the chillout tracks very much a distant memory.Portions of Content Provided by Rovi Corporation.
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