King Britt with Saturn Never Sleeps live
|Birth name||King James Britt|
|Also known as||Sylk130, Scuba, Obafunke, The Nova Dream Sequence|
|Origin||Philadelphia, United States|
|Labels||Saturn Never Sleeps|
|Associated acts||Sylk130, Saturn Never Sleeps, ObaFunke|
Britt is a 1986 graduate of Central High School (Philadelphia). In 1987 he started working at Tower Records, as a buyer for the singles/import section. His extensive knowledge of dance music made him an in demand buyer in the company. He went on to make many connections in the music community, bringing in records and new labels from all over the world. King also enters Temple University.
In 1990 King Britt began his first DJ residency at the Silk City in Philadelphia and the now defunct Revival. These two DJ residencies would help change the course of dance music in Philadelphia and lay the foundation for King's musical future. King also produced his first commercial release "Tribal Confusion" on dance label Strictly Rhythm. He collaborated with music partner Josh Wink to create this classic. Their musical partnership continues until 2001.
In 1992 he started touring worldwide for the Grammy Award winning group Digable Planets. The tour continues for two years with a three month opening slot with Sade. In 1994 Britt and Josh Wink started the label Ovum Recordings. Their first release was a collaboration between King and wordsmith/singer Ursula Rucker called Supernatural. The song went on to become a staple tune in the US rave scene and is revered as a classic in many countries. Ovum Recordings is still in operation but King resigned from his position in 2001.
Under the name "Sylk130" King released the now neo soul album When The Funk Hits the Fan on Ovum/Columbia Records. This album went to sell over 500,000 copies worldwide and will be re-released in 2012 as part of a box set collection for Sylk130. In a favorable review of the 1998 album When the Funk Hits the Fan, Billboard compared his sound to that of Soul II Soul and De La Soul.
In 2001 Britt released Sylk130 Re-Member's Only, which features Alison Moyet, Martin Fry from ABC, Kathy Sledge, Grover Washington Jr, De La Soul and others. This was his tribute to his 80s heroes. It would be his last album for Ovum Recordings and Columbia Records. King pursues much more production work.
King Britt released Adventures in Lo Fi on London's BBE label in 2003. Guests include Madlib as Quasimoto, De La Soul, Dice Raw, Ivana Santilli and Butterfly from Digable Planets. He produced King Britt Presents: Sister Gertrude Morgan in 2005. A recreation of self proclaimed bride of christ, Sister Gertrude's original Preservation Hall album gets new life. The record goes on to be included in the Michael Mann's 2006 film Miami Vice, on the AdBusters compilation, Live Without Dead Time and the HBO television show True Blood. Still continuing to DJ/produce, King changes his direction in 2006 and shares his love of techno music with the release of Interpretation under the moniker The Nova Dream Sequence. Released on Munich based label Compost, this record was praised by the legends of techno Derrick May and Carl Craig, including many of the songs in their sets. Derrick even contributed to the liner notes.
King Britt wins the prestigious Pew Fellowship in the Arts for composition in 2007.
King Britt and multimedia artists Rucyl, start the project Saturn Never Sleeps in 2009. It is an electronic improvisational group as well as a label. They came together to curate an evening of music for the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia to coincide with a Sun Ra exhibit, that was touring. They soon took the concept further, while they were residents at The Painted Bride Art Center in Philadelphia. Now Saturn Never Sleeps is a band, label and curated monthly in Philadelphia.
The Intricate Beauty by King Britt is released in 2010 on Nervous Recordings. Special guests include Rucyl, Ryat and Astrid Suryanto, who sings on the club hit Now. He also produces Canadian rock stars, Bedouin Soundclash. The album Light the Horizon is the fruit of their labor.
King Britt along with partner Rucyl in 2011 release Yesterday's Machine, the debut album from Saturn Never Sleeps. King Britt continues to remix musicians like Tori Amos, Miles Davis, Saul Williams and Meredith Monk.
Quick Discography 
- 1998: When the Funk Hits the Fan
- 2001: Re-Members Only
- 2001: The Philadelphia Experiment Remixed
- 2002: Hidden Treasures by Scuba
- 2002: Black to the Future
- 2002: "Cosmoafrique" by ObaFunke
- 2003: Adventures In Lo-Fi (BBE Records)
- 2005: Late Night with King Britt
- 2005: King Britt Presents: Sister Gertrude Morgan
- 2006: Nova Dream Sequence: Interpretations
- 2007: Cosmic Lounge
- 2007: This Is King Britt
- 2009: Deep And Sexy 4
- 2010: The Intricate Beauty
- 2011: "Yesterday's Machine" by Saturn Never Sleeps
- King Britt official site
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- King Britt at AllMusic
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