by Andy Hill Contributor | Photos by Emma Viola Lilja

People Just Do Nothing stars Kurupt FM sign to real-life XL Recordings

The spoof urban crew will release actual music later this year

 

People Just Do Nothing stars Kurupt FM sign to XL Recordings Photo: Emma Viola Lilja

Stars of hit mockumentary People Just Do Nothing have signed a record deal with XL Recordings.

As befits the peculiar era we live in, of fake news and alternative facts, the label – which boasts Radiohead among its roster – will later this year release tracks from MC Grindah and DJ Beats, under the stern supervision of de-facto manager Chabuddy G.

Kurupt FM have played festivals including Reading and Glastonbury this past summer, winning over fans with a combination of hilarious lyrics and an unabashedly oldschool UK Garage vibe.

The BBC sitcom that made Kurupt FM famous based was first broadcast in 2014, and only last night aired the climactic episode of season four.

There is precedent for fake music artists touring and releasing music in the real world. Who could forget Ali G’s 2009 collaboration with Shaggy ‘Me Julie’, which sold some 300,000 units and peaked at number 2 in the UK singles chart.

Ricky Gervais has played big live shows and released tracks on Juxtaposition records as sleazy Slough paper merchant David Brent from The Office. Jermaine Clement and Bret McKenzie from noughties smash show Flight of the Concords toured the US only last year, and nefarious drug-addled chancer Super Hans from Channel 4’s Peep Show is hitting the road with his DJ set this November.

XL announced their signing of Kurupt FM with this hilarious tweet, showing the boys sipping from miniature bottles of fizz and holding up great wads of fivers.

 

Big up, lads. Big up.


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