King Unique = Dirty House
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King Unique are two guys called Matt who make rough-edged dirty house music,
Matthew Roberts and Matt "Watkins" Thomas, a pair of studio junkies with a
taste for bulldozer beats and sick synthesizers.
Over the last five years their records, remixes and re-edits have hit home
with house-heads, nu-ravers and electro-rockers alike, being championed by
everyone from Sasha to Soulwax, Danny Howells to Tiesto, and Pete Tong to
Zane Lowe. Their music has turned up everywhere from Hollywood soundtracks
to mobile ringtones, not to mention countless compilations and mix albums.
Their decks'n'fx DJ sets have made them regulars in some of the world's most
respected clubs and biggest festivals, while the "King Unique Broadcast"
radio mix series regularly airs to countries across the globe. 2006 has seen
them starting their own residency, "Curfew Time" at London's Turnmills,
bringing Loud Electronic Dirt to the capital.
King Unique hit the floor running in 2001, claiming the title of Undisputed
Remix Champs by scoring five Essential New Tunes in five months on Pete
Tong's BBC Radio 1 show. The King Unique sound has been in constant demand
since, appearing on dozens of remixes including King Dong sized
floor-fillers such as Underworld's "Two Months Off", Las Vegas rockers The
Killers' "Somebody Told Me", Planet Funk's "The Switch", Mutiny's "The
Virus", Jamiroquai's "You Give Me Something", The Freemasons' "Love On My
Mind", Luke Slater's "Nothing At All", and Chable and Bonicci's "Ride". Most
recently King Unique have reworked Teamsters "Feels Like Love", Mish Mash's
"Speechless", and Suicide Sports Club's "I Don't Know".
The productions make for an equally impressive line-up; "Dirty",
"Sugarhigh", "Lighters" and new cut "Flashing Lights". "Obscene, dirty,
filthy, immoral" set out the King Unique agenda on "Dirty" by Dirty, the
first of a series of singles released on Junior Boys Own. Next they raised
the stakes with "Sugarhigh", a track dreamt up in a tiny techno bar in Tokyo
whilst under the influence of too much vodka and too little sleep. A melodic
powerhouse of a track that fused classic house and melodic Detroit vibes,
"Sugarhigh" gave KU a sixth Essential New Tune. The next King Unique single
"Lighters/Music Please" followed in early 2003 and saw KU experimenting with
new sounds. "Lighters" poured out a relentless cascade of slow and heavy
electro-house that "sound like it's raining synthesizers on your head"
(Mixmag), while the DJ-friendly "Music Please" delivered a slice of
psychedelic breakbeats favoured by Danny Tenaglia and James Zabiela. KU
closed 2005 with "Flashing Lights/Curfew Time" another double A-side
release. "Flashing Lights" is a big room grunge-house monster with a dumb
bass line that'd make The Kinks proud; "Curfew Time" kicks out a spiky slab
of riff-house, then throws in a jungle-flavoured break down of Amazonian
proportions. (The full list of more than 40 releases can be found on the
<http://www.kingunique.com/trax.html> Trax page)
King Unique's renowned DJ sets have made them regular names in the world's
biggest clubs and festivals, playing everywhere from ultra-hip blacked-out
sweat boxes in Tokyo to euphoric crowds of thousands on the tropical beaches
of Madeira. Since their first shows in 2001 they have consistently blown
minds (and speakers), bringing more than just record boxes into the DJ
booth. By packing their studio into a pair of laptops, KU are able to
re-edit and re-work any track on the fly, creating a four-armed,
twin-headed, single-minded mash up of CDs, custom made re-edits and live
samples. End result? You may know some of the records, but you won't have
heard them sound like this before.
This hotly demanded sound has made it's mark at all the best UK clubs;
Turnmills (home to KU's own " <http://www.kingunique.com/curfew.html> Curfew
Time" nights), Tribal Sessions, Renaissance, The End, Ministry Of Sound,
Godskitchen and Lush. Worldwide demand for the King Unique sound has seen
them playing Tokyo, Paris, Reykjavik, Amsterdam, Malta, Moscow, Athens,
Auckland, Bucharest, Singapore, Sydney, Milan, Kiev, Buenos Aires, etc....
(you get the picture). Not forgetting the festivals; the huge Skol Beats in
Brazil, the UK's Global Gathering, Weekenddance in Madeira and the renowned
Exit festival in Serbia amongst others.
On the very few days they aren't making tracks in the studio or diving into
DJ booths the Matts can be found chopping up the very latest cool and dirty
music from across the globe, reassembling it into the "King Unique
Broadcast" radio mix series. Broadcast through an ever increasing network of
stations from Argentina to Iceland, these are no ordinary radio mixes; each
KU Broadcast features dozens of tracks, with single tunes built from pieces
of three or four different records, cut up and re-assembled into exclusive
King Unique edits and mash-ups. Many of the biggest tunes in King Unique's
DJ sets started life as tracks for the KU Broadcast shows; the re-edit of
Mylo's "In My Arms" that was picked up for the single release, and "Big
Dirty Dreams" that mashed up the Martini Bros with the Human League. Despite
huge support for the track from Soulwax, Tiga and Erol Alkan it proved
impossible to clear "Big Dirty Dreams" for release - guaranteeing it
legendary status. DJs eh? Many more custom made edits and mash-ups are
locked away in the King Unique vaults; the Nine Inch Nails and LCD
Soundsystem collision of "Nine Inches Of Love", Tiefschwarz and Soulwax
butting heads on "Any Muthafucking Excuse" and Alter Ego doing battle with
Midnight Mike to create "Hot In The Bush" - to name just a few.
So that's the first five years, not a bad start. What are King Unique
cooking up next?
King Unique = Dirty House
That's all you need to know.