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    How King Unique's Essential Mix came to be

    Essential Mix 15/07/2001 - King Unique by King Unique on SoundCloud - Hear the world€™s sounds


    take your mind back to july 2001; dark tribal prog rules britain's superclubs & britain's sound rules the world. berlin is not yet officially cool, cigarettes are smoked on dancefloors, dance music slower than 125 bpm is punishable by death & deadmau5 has not yet been born; it is a time of great joy.the scene is a room full of samplers, synthesizers & class c narcotics - it is chong's palace studio (mark II), lair of king unique & sweating over a remix are two young men called matthew.

    ring ring!... ring ring!...ring r-
    KU: "hello?"
    BBC: "hello it's the bbc here, can i speak to someone from king unique please"
    KU: "oh, right - um hello"
    BBC: "right - you know how we asked if you'd do a king unique essential mix in the autumn for us?"
    KU: "err, yes"
    BBC: "well, would you like to do it a bit sooner than we discussed? quite a lot sooner in fact?"
    KU: "um... maybe?"
    BBC: "great! the thing is (NAME REMOVED AT BBC LAWYER'S INSISTENCE) promised us a mix months ago & they've just told us it won't be ready after all. so you'd be doing us a huge favour if you stepped in"
    KU: "right. just out of interest did ali & sharam say why they couldn't do it?"
    BBC: "i couldn't possibly comment"
    KU: "i see. well, we are insanely busy but we'd obviously like to help.... how soon were you thinking? this month or next?"
    BBC: "oh definitely this month. in fact, um, more like, you know, er, this week actually"
    KU: "this week!!!!????"
    BBC: "...................... yes. by friday night in fact."
    KU: "& you're aware that today is wednesday????!!"
    BBC: "............................................ yes."
    KU: "!"

    so there you have it, the behind the scenes story of how we came to turn round our first essential mix in under 72 hours from a standing start, armed only with a mountain of vinyl, several samplers & a huge computer struggling to run 4 channels of pro-tools with less than half the power of a current iphone. this is King Unique Broadcast 0 if you like, the first time we hit the airwaves & not a bad way to start
    to add to the nostalgia i've included the handy cassette case with tracklisting that Mixmag used to print each month for all the home-tapers out there - if you'd told us about Soundcloud back then we'd have burnt you as a witch.
    enjoy the flashback

    Release date: Jul 15, 2001

    http://soundcloud.com/king-unique/essential-mix-15-07-2001-king

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    Re: How King Unique's Essential Mix came to be

    "if you'd told us about Soundcloud back then we'd have burnt you as a witch." hehehe

    cool story bro! No, really it was interesting.

    Interesting to think they owe their career to Ali and SHaram being a pain in the arse - hahaha (obviously talented too)
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    Re: How King Unique's Essential Mix came to be

    feck'n bloody ell that was a stressful phone call to have received

    re-listening to this mix now, cheers

    It was fun while it lasted...

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    Re: How King Unique's Essential Mix came to be



    Something like


    BBC- would you like to do an Essential mix ???
    KU- Sure
    BBC- OK, do it AND DO IT NOW !!!!!

    very funny.

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    Re: How King Unique's Essential Mix came to be

    ...dance music slower than 125 bpm is punishable by death & deadmau5 has not yet been born; it is a time of great joy
    ╔══╗............/\__/\
    ╚╗╔╝...........(=_=)
    ╔╝(`v).......ღ***ღ.*
    ╚══`.. ...:::.(`\|/) ☆*゚

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    Re: How King Unique's Essential Mix came to be

    Will check it out..always good to get a behind the scenes story.

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    Re: How King Unique's Essential Mix came to be

    Quote Originally Posted by sbando View Post
    ...dance music slower than 125 bpm is punishable by death & deadmau5 has not yet been born; it is a time of great joy

    Off with their head!

    It was fun while it lasted...

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    Re: How King Unique's Essential Mix came to be

    thanks sbando!

    What a great background story.

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    Re: How King Unique's Essential Mix came to be

    Time to revisit this.

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    Re: How King Unique's Essential Mix came to be

    chunky told this story here before. great e-mix anyways. would have loved a deep dish 2hr em from 2001 nonetheless!!

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    Re: How King Unique's Essential Mix came to be

    Dark Princess - "Bongo Rush" (Brother Brown Records)
    Hunter's Thompson - "Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas" (Island)
    UBU - "Pixels [H-Foundation Remix]" (Anodyne)
    Depeche Mode - "I Feel Loved [Danny Tenaglia Mix - King Unique Re-Edit]" (Mute)
    Electric Tease - "Fever" (Automatic)
    King Unique Presents Dirty Dirty - "Accapella" (Junior)
    Drax and Gooding - "Guam" (white label)
    Mutiny - "The Virus [King Unique Mix]" (Virgin)
    New Order - "Crystals [Bedrock Mix - King Unique Re-Edit]" (London)
    The Youngsters - "Spanish Harlem" (F-Communications)
    Trendroid - "Ignition" (Twilo)
    Sideshow - "Tricks" (Appaloosa)
    Smokin' Brain - "En-U" (white label)
    Chiapet - "West World" (Yoshitoshi)
    Smokin Jo - "Yan U" (Fluential)
    Robbie Rivera - "Feel This" (Strictly Rhythm)
    Kidstuff - "Alright" (Fluential)
    Stylus Trouble - "Sputnik [Mainframe Dub]" (Junior)
    Mainframe - "Mainframe [Accapella]" (Fuju)
    King Unique Presents Dirty - "Dirty" (Junior)
    Paranoid Jack - "Slavedriver" (Stickman)
    Timo Mass - "Trichter Music" (Bush)
    Superchumbo - "The Revolution [Accapella]" (Twisted)
    BPT - "Moody" (Junior)
    Watkins - "Black AM [King Unique Dub]" (Shaboom)
    Hakan O'Nal - "Bedford Street" (Hope)
    Sharpside - "I Love Techno" (News)

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    Re: How King Unique's Essential Mix came to be

    Great mix, what other trix have you got up your sleeve sbandina?

    It was fun while it lasted...

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    ah.. i remember this mix well!


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    Re: How King Unique's Essential Mix came to be

    Quote Originally Posted by floridaorange View Post
    Great mix, what other trix have you got up your sleeve sbandina?
    Jumping off a cliff?
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    Re: How King Unique's Essential Mix came to be

    how did that cliff jump go fer ya?


    "Working like a wizard he doesn't jump around much or react much to what he is playing but the place is going nuts"

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