Morgan King

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Morgan King
Born (1961-03-28) 28 March 1961 (age 53)
Origin Petticoat Lane, Spitalfields, London
Genres House, Alternative, Ambient, Electronica
Occupation(s) Musician, writer, producer, photographer
Instruments Vocals, drums, percussion, keyboards
Years active 1979–present
Labels Accidental Music
Associated acts Clubland, Manic MC's, Morgan King, Soundsource
Website www.morganking.net

Morgan King is an English singer, record producer and photographer.

Musical career[edit]

Born in Spitalfields, London, Morgan's musical career began in 1979 as drummer for Manchester band Illustration, who were subsequently signed by the indie label, "Some Bizarre". After several years immersed in the UK indie scene, Morgan's musical direction changed considerably with the advent of house music in the late 1980s. In 1988, Morgan moved to Chicago and started writing with Kym Mazelle and Marshall Jefferson on Kym's first album, "Crazy", which was released the following year. In 1989, Morgan joined his third band, the Manic MCs who had a UK top thirty hit with their first release, "Mental".

In 1990, Morgan started collaborating with BTech record's Jan Ekholm after being introduced by DJ/Production duo Quartz, working in Sweden on a series of Dance releases under various pseudonyms, including Technoir, Backbeat, Groovement, Bassrace and others. "Clubland" originally formed by Dave Rawlings and Ronnie Herel of Quartz with Jan Ekholm (later joined by Zemya Hamilton on vocals), who recorded three main albums, and received three gold discs, a Swedish Grammy, and topped the US Billboard Dance chart three times with "Lets Get Busy", "Hold On (Tighter to Love)" and "Set Me Free" respectively.

In 1991, Morgan partenered with Nick Hook to form Om records in London and the band "Soundsource", who subsequently achieved success with the House / Rap track "Take Me Up", later recycled by "Lock 'N Load" for their 2000 top ten UK hit "Blow Ya Mind". This single was followed up by the 1992 club hit "One High". Again, Morgan started writing and recording with various artists under a variety of pseudonyms with Om including Obiman, Al Hambra, VFN Experience, Om and others. He also recorded a solo record, the Balearic Anthem "I Am Free", which was first released in 1991.

Around 1994/1995, Morgan took a break from the music scene, eventually resurfacing in 2003 to co-write Trybe's "Sarah Said" with Fragma. In 2007 he opened his Accidental Music label so he could make his archive available in the digital realm for the first time and to collaborate on new dance projects. Also around the same time he became a professional photographer after he was invited to do a one off project in Iran. He is currently releasing solo material and touring with Lene Lovich as part of her new band, photographing in his studio based in London working on various projects.

Selected discography[edit]

With Manic MC's[edit]

(King / Cottle / Hudd)

Singles

  • Mental – 1989 RCA UK No. 30
  • The Beat – 1990 UK No. 96 MCA

With Clubland[edit]

(King / Ekholm / Hamilton)

Albums

  • Themes From Outer Clubland – 1991
  • Adventures Beyond Clubland – 1992
  • Secrets of Inner Clubland (Clubland featuring Zemya Hamilton) – 1995

Selected Singles

  • Let's Get Busy (Pump It Up) – 1990 US Hot Dance No. 1 UK No. 86
  • Hold On (Tighter To Love) – 1991 US Billboard "Hot Dance" No. 1, US No. 79
  • (I'm Under) Love Strain – 1992
  • Come Rain Come Shine – US Hot Dance No. 39 1992
  • Hypnotized – 1992 US Hot Dance No. 1
  • Set Me Free – 1992 US Hot Dance No. 1, US No. 90
  • Peace of Luv – 1995
  • Gimme Love, Gimme All – 1995

With Soundsource[edit]

(King / Hook)

Singles

  • Take Me Up – 1991 FFRR UK No. 62
  • One High – 1992 Om records

With Obiman[edit]

(King / Blake)

Single: Rising – Om records 1993

Compilation: On the Rocks – Included on Cafe Del Mar Vol 1 album React Records 1994

With VFN Experience[edit]

(Nasty / King)

Single: Vol 1 – Om whites 1994

Morgan King[edit]

Singles

  • I'm Free – 1991 BTech records
  • I Am Free – 1993 Om Records
  • I'm Free – 1998 Excession Records
  • I'm Free (Anniversary Edition) – 2011 Accidental Music
  • I'm Free (Anniversary Edition2) – 2012 Accidental Music
  • Boy Called George – 2012 Morgan King Media
  • Breathing in Air – 2014 Accidental Music

Ep

  • Zero – 2012 Morgan King Media

Morgan King / La Serrena[edit]

(Morgan King) Singles

  • I'm Free – 1992 Sony

Morgan King & Max Julien[edit]

Singles

  • Lifetime of Understanding – 2009 Deepsound Records
  • Building A Dream – 2011 Accidental Music

Morgan King Vs Charma[edit]

Singles

  • Justify – 2010 Accidental Music
  • Justify (Dirty Rhythm Syndicate Remixes) – 2011 Accidental Music

Morgan King Vs Lyla D'Souza[edit]

Singles

  • I Want Now – 2010 Accidental Music

Remixes[edit]

  • Backbeat – Love and Happiness (Gasmatron mix) 1991
  • Clubland – Ride the Groove (With Billy Nasty) 1992
  • Clubland – Hypnotized (The Soundsource Seduction) 1992
  • Alhambra – Sonar Remix (with Nick Hook) 1992
  • MDA – Take an E (Roofon remix) (with Nasty / Hodgson) 1992
  • Hypernature – Flow "The Morgan King mixes" (King Full Force Effect, Kingdub and Kingdeep mixes)1992
  • Elimar – Prosody II (Morgan King Reprise) 2007
  • Sami Dee – Da Fly (Morgan King Remix) 2008
  • Max Julien feat Yohan Knight – We're the Angels Alive! (Morgan King Remix) 2008
  • Marco Zappala feat Claudio Pinhero – Wherever You Go (Morgan King Remix) 2009
  • Clubland – Let's Get Busy (Morgan King Remix) 2009

On Compilations[edit]

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