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Romeo's Fate

 
King Britt is Philly's jack of all trades, helping to lead the city's ascent on the international groove scene since the early 90s.  Throughout his journey, he's done everything from working with Digable Planets to recording ethereal house with Scuba.   Along the way, he's remixed dozens of songs, most notably by Macy Gray, G Love and Special Sauce and Karma.

Born and raised in the City of Brotherly Love, the man has a strong affinity for the days when radio was not so segmented, where you could hear Kraftwerk, Rick James and Shalamar in one sitting.  It's that encompassing vision that informs Britt's musical output, crossing genre lines like streets on your way to the store.

His first musical partnership was with Josh Wink.  As E-Culture, they dropped the perennial moody favorite "Tribal Confusion" for Strictly Rhythm and worked the local club circuit.  As his dance career was taking off, he was invited to serve as the tour DJ for Digable Planets, then at the peak of their popularity.   Britt's work with them preceded the formation of the Ovum label with Wink, intended to be the vehicle by which they'd spread their love of quality music.

The signature project for Ovum was Sylk 130, a concept group created to pay homage to the classic sounds of the late 70s.  When the Funk Hit the Fan helped set the vibe for many a house party, while the club mixes of "Surrender" and the title tune were highlights of 1998 - 99.

A remix album served as a stopgap release while Britt relinquished his holdings in Ovum to concentrate on his recording career.  Re-Members Only followed in 2001 and showed Sylk moving through the 80s.  With guest appearances from Grover Washington Jr., Martin Fry from ABC and DJ Jazzy Jeff, it was the culmination of Britt's sonic dreams and is the project he's most proud of, even if sales were disappointing.   He's currently at work on Ursula Rucker's solo disc.

King Britt's Deepest Grooves

When the Funk Hits the Fan (Ovum, 1998)
Britt steps into the wayback machine, sets it for 1977, and serves up 19 tracks of retro soul.  Allison Crockett, Antoine Green, Ursula Rucker, Victoria Miles and Alma Horton are your vocal guides.

When the Funk Hits the Fan: Remixes (Ovum, 1999)
Slamming collection of dance-slanted interpretations from Roger Sanchez, Mood II Swing and Francois Kevorkian.

Re-Members Only (Six Degrees, 2001)
Like an aural montage of the 80s -- new wave, hip hop, r&b and club are all represented.  Even more so than Funk, this is a superstar project, with De La Soul, Alison Moyet, C-Knowledge from Digables and Vikter Duplaix coming along for the ride.  The complementary core of this model of Sylk is Philip Charles, credited with co-production, bass playing duties and writing on several songs. 

"Supernatural" (Slip N Slide, 2002)
Lost gem from the mid 90s gets reissued with new mixes from Soul Providers and Derrick Carter.  With Ursula Rucker on vocals.

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