Another prescient booking for Deconstructed Live, long before Bestival became the summer’s fest du jour, and Rob had joined Radio One. The date also resulted in DC’s first DJ exchange program, where we trekked up to that London to play Sunday Best at Battersea’s legendary Tearooms Des Artistes a month or so later.
Launched in 1995, Sunday Best was subsequently hailed as the “the finest chill out club in the capital” by everyone from The Face to Pete Tong. A pioneer of what later became known as bar culture, the emphasis was less about dancing than a relaxed accompaniment to board games, chitchat and sleepy weekend pints (very much in the spirit of DC’s West coast feeling). The inevitable label further championed this eased listening, pioneering material from the likes of Rob’s Lazyboy project, in addition to Groove Armada and Bent.