Sydney’s KILtr returns with Progressive House legends Jamie Stevens and Matthew Roberts (ex- King Unique)
Through two decades of countless offerings to the electronica world, two ARIA awards (with band members of Australian live act Infusion, whom are responsible for hit releases such as “Girls Can Be Cruel”, “Natural” and “Better World”), collaborations and remixes with the world’s most revered artists, performing on the grandest of all stages (Womb [Tokyo], Fabric [London] and other venues in places as far-flung as New York, Singapore, Moscow, Copenhagen and Taipei).
Jamie’s most recent EP releases are a true indication that Mr Stevens has matured into a sophisticated artist with depth and consistency. Stevens’ hugely successful 2013 release on microCastle, “The Wonder of You”, is best described by the label: “This is a production that comes from heart.” To really put the nature of this track into perspective, Guy J gives full respect to Jamie’s musical offering, describing the track as “one of the greatest musical pieces of all time”.
His follow up release on microCastle (“The Healing” EP released in 2015) has enjoyed global success and support from a diverse range of artists such as Lee Burridge, Joris Voorn, Hernan Cattaneo and Sasha. Charted at #2 in Beatport’s Electronica chart and #7 in the overall Top 100, the EP, which includes Guy J’s remix of “My Tears Don’t Help Me”, is stunningly well-rounded and lends you the full listening experience. These releases are some of Stevens’ best work to date and his DJ performances of recent times have shared the same notoriety.
Recent releases and projects include remixes for Guy J’s “Lost & Found” label, Darin Epsilon’s “Perspectives Digital”, a new original track for Dale Middleton’s “Tarnished Tracks”, an EP for “Chameleon Recordings” (along with being a key contributor to the label’s new “Mentor Initiative”, which helping shape the local Australian artist talent, truly assisting in developing the countries house and techno young promising producers and composers) plus slowly working away on an album for microCastle.
“I love the sense of community in a club environment, where the music becomes physical and the event becomes an experience. To be able to contribute to that soundtrack is exciting.” – Jamie Stevens.
MATTHEW ROBERTS (ex KING UNIQUE)
A regular in UK and across the globe with legendary promoters such as Cream, Tribal Sessions, Ministry Of Sound, Renaissance, The End, Turnmills, Lush and Progression and touring worldwide in Tokyo, Paris, Amsterdam, Moscow, Athens, Bucharest, Singapore and the huge Skol Beats (Brazil) and Exit (Serbia) festivals. He also did an Essential Mix as Matthew Roberts and as King Unique.
In 2001, himself and Matt Thomas formed King Unique and claimed the title of Undisputed Remix Champs by scoring five Essential New Tunes in five months on Pete Tong’s BBC Radio 1 show. The King Unique sound has been in constant demand since, appearing on dozens of remixes including King Dong sized floor-fillers such as Underworld’s “Two Months Off”, Planet Funk’s “The Switch”, Mutiny’s “The Virus”, Jamiroquai’s “You Give Me Something”, Luke Slater’s “Nothing At All”, Foremost Poets’ “Moonraker” and Baz’s “Believers”. Most recently King Unique have reworked LA rockers The Killers’ “Somebody Told Me”, Dirty Vegas’ “Walk Into the Sun” and Chable and Bonicci’s “Ride”.
The productions make for an equally impressive line-up; “Obscene, dirty, filthy, immoral” set out the King Unique agenda on “Dirty” by Dirty, the first of a series of singles released on Junior Boys Own. Next they raised the stakes with “Sugarhigh”, a track dreamt up in a tiny techno bar in Tokyo whilst under the influence of too much vodka and too little sleep. A melodic powerhouse of a track that fused classic house and melodic Detroit vibes, “Sugarhigh” gave KU a sixth Essential New Tune. The next King Unique single “Lighters/Music Please” followed in early 2003 and saw KU experimenting with new sounds. “Lighters” poured out a relentless cascade of slow and heavy electro-house that “sound like it’s raining synthesizers on your head” (Mixmag), while the DJ-friendly “Music Please” delivered a slice of psychedelic breakbeats favored by Danny Tenaglia and James Zabiela.