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King Unique is the duo of Matthew Roberts, ex-Cream resident, life-long DJ and prolific remixer, and the new noise on the block Matt “Watkins” Thomas, the studio junky behind Mainframe and Watkins. The two long-standing collaborators decided to join forces full-time at the start of 2000 and make some 21st century noise, choosing Junior records as the obvious home for their new sound. The result has been a series of diverse club tracks and remixes mixing funky and proggy house elements, tied together with head twisting production. Pete Tong’ recent choice of the King Unique remix of Mutiny’ ‘The Virus’ for Essential New Tune (on the same show he also played three of their other records…) sealed their reputation as innovative peak-time club producers, and a subsequent Essential Mix confirmed they are back with a bang.
Their two-man DJ shows blend the best elements of a classic DJ set with all the latest studio gadgets and exclusive CD edits of tracks. Matthew R spins the vinyl and CDs while Matt T brings computers, samplers and FX to the mix, giving the raw sound and excitement usually associated with the likes of Underworld and The Chemical Brothers. These sets have worked to devastating effect at Cream, earning them repeat bookings and attracting more gigs at ‘Lush’ in Ireland and Steve Lawler’ ‘Session’ night at Code.
Record wise King Unique are set to be everywhere this summer. Their debut release for Junior, ‘Dirty’ looks set to be absolutely massive. Matt T is the man behind the massive ‘Black a.m’ by Watkins (coming soon on Sony/Shaboom and sounding massive on the terrace at Space with Tongy) and also behind the storming Mainframe project on Fuju. Matthew R is the man behind UBU ‘Pixels’ signed for the first release on Dave Piccioni’ first new venture since Azuli, Anodyne. They’ve got massive support from the likes of Danny Tenaglia and Deep Dish on everything that they do and are fiercely proud of their status as the men who got Steve Lawler to play Madison Avenue in Code.
In one of the hottest summers for years King Unique look ready to reign supreme.