King Britt Biography

Philadelphia, Philadelphia USA. Influenced as much by heavy rock as rap and electro, remixer, producer and writer Britt has long been a pioneer of eclectic house music. A record collector from his pre-teens (presently enjoying a 10, 000+ personal vinyl horde), Britt met Josh Wink while at college, where the pair established Ovum Recordings. His production of Wink’s ‘Tribal Confusion’, later sampled by the Future Sound Of London, in 1990 became a late classic of the acid house scene. As Wink went global, Britt remained American-based and made his name as a remixer, DJing (as Silkworm) for jazz-hop outfit Digable Planets. He also maintained a residency at Philadelphia’s Silk City Lounge. If his pop commercial remixes for artists such as Donna Lewis (‘I Love You Always Forever’) dented his credibility in some circles, it barely showed. His Scuba project focuses on deep house mixes, while his Sylk 130 project (featuring vocalists Ursula Rucker, Antoine Green and the Cosmic Lounge Arkestra) released the concept album, When The Funk Hit The Fan, in 1995. Their version of Indeep’s ‘Last Night A DJ Saved My Life’ was a worldwide hit. Britt’s next major Sylk 130 collection, Re-Members Only, centered on the imaginary radio station, WISH 130 and proved a credible salute to the 80s. Acknowledging the impact ABC and Yazoo had on house, it contained Martin Fry and Alison Moyet’s best recorded work for years. Britt’s ability to move between hardcore house and affectionate homage was conducted with considerable aplomb. This eclecticism was demonstrated on his compilation album, Influences, which contained antiquated Eurocentric artists such as Level 42.

Frequently in demand for club and festival appearances, King Britt’s Scuba remix project gathered together five years of superlative house mixes on Hidden Treasures, which featured an incredible reworking of ‘Linoleum’ by Tweaker with David Sylvian. An artist who has the ability to inject real warmth in his production, Britt says of his work ‘Each remix presents some feeling of pleasure seeking’.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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