The inimitable one-man party machine, Happy Mondays legend and national treasure Bez makes his vocal debut with ‘Flying Bus’, a new collaboration with the internationally acclaimed house producer and DJ Doorly, with additional ecstatic vocals from Firouzeh. Accompanied by a bonkers animated video featuring bus conductor Bez and bus driver Doorly, the single is out now.
The duo goes back to the open-minded party hedonism of the Second Summer of Love with ‘Flying Bus’, a hypnotic homage to the glory days of acid house. Set to a classic four-to-the-the-floor beat with those distinctive squelchy synths and bleeps, the track features an infectious vocal loop from Bez - his first to ever feature on a record.
Bez describes the magic of his legendary Flying Bus stage at Glastonbury, which is renowned as the place the late-night warriors congregate to keep the party rolling for as long as possible. And when there’s just one man left standing, it’s inevitably Bez.
‘Flying Bus’ sees Bez make a swift return, fresh from his appearance on the video for Euros 2021 anthem ‘Vindaloo Two’ alongside Will Mellor, Danny Dyer, Paddy McGuiness, Keith Lemon and Rowetta.
“It was a brilliant work trip to Ibiza to collaborate with Doorly at his studio that created this tune. My Flying Bus stage at Glastonbury is really special to me and a great hangout for the hardcore party people. I’ve been missing it so much and this track conjures up that Flying Bus magic. The song is about that freedom you feel when you’re gathered with like-minded people. This is the first vocal track I’ve ever brought out and I’m nervous and excited at the same time. I hope people will get ‘on the bus’ and enjoy it, get lost in a moment in time, that’s the whole vibe,” says Bez.
Doorly adds: “Writing a track together with the legend Bez was a hell of a lot of fun, not sure if you’ve met him but he’s a bit of a character! :) We really bonded over our shared love for the transatlantic Acid House movement from the late 80s / early 90s. Our aim was to bring a slice of that magic coming out of Chicago and Manchester around that time, with a celebration of Bez’s bonkers Flying Bus party at Glastonbury. It all came together and it’s a real pleasure to have Bez on my Reptile Dysfunction label, you can expect more from us both this year.”
The track is accompanied by a brilliantly creative animated video, which brings the weird and wonderful party to public transport. An office worker’s day gets off to a bad start after being stung by a psychedelic bee, but things get even more trippy when the Flying Bus pulls up. Bus conductor Bez and bus driver Doorly take our hapless hero on an adventure like no other, as he discovers a world of trippy visuals and pure party excess, ending up on the dancefloor of the iconic Manchester club The Haçienda. There’s only one thing to do: free your mind and take a one-way ticket on the Flying Bus.
Animated teasers of ‘Flying Bus’ conductor Bez dancing with the real Bez have already going viral on Bez and Doorly’s socials with over 500k plays. The ‘Flying Bus’ video was made by the animation team Friend Party Studios. The trio recently created the animations that accompany the Czarface and MF Doom collaborative album ‘Super What?’.
‘Flying Bus’ is also available on limited edition fluorescent yellow and clear splatter vinyl. It’s backed with remixes from Chicago’s acid house pioneer DJ Pierre, who effectively invented the genre with Phuture’s ‘Acid Tracks’, and the UK bass hero Zed Bias who provides a ‘Frequent Flyer remix’. Doorly’s Reptile Dysfunction label have also provided a special touch, as the vinyl will feature three locked grooves for DJs to play out their own infinite loops from parts of the track.
Bez & Doorly will also hit the road this summer for a limited run of shows. They’ll celebrate the influence that acid house has had on their careers by touring a special B2B set.
Bez’s first moment in the spotlight came when he was tripping on microdots. Shaun Ryder dragged him on stage at the Happy Mondays’ first gig at The Haçienda, and Bez made such an impression that the Factory Records founder Tony Wilson suggested he should join the band. Since then, he’s become one of the UK’s most beloved characters, through his unmistakeable freaky dancing with Happy Mondays and Black Grape, and by famously winning Celebrity Big Brother in 2005. Bez is currently making more TV history on Celebrity Gogglebox with Shaun Ryder on Channel 4, and Celebrity Masterchef on the BBC later this summer
Renowned as one of the world’s hottest and most technically gifted DJs, Doorly has landed residencies everywhere from Fabric and Ministry of Sound to Café Mambo and Pikes Ibiza. His own acclaimed productions have been released by essential labels such as Hot Creations, Crosstown Rebels and Play It Say It, and his remix skills have been called upon by Kanye West, Nicki Minaj, The Prodigy and Basement Jaxx. His Reptile Dysfunction label has dropped releases from Skream, Patrick Topping and Mike Skinner, as well as a host of rising talents.