My Morning Download: Saturn Never Sleeps, “Hearts On Fire” from The Key Studio Sessions Compilation, Vol. 3

Photo by Michael “Kraus Phade” Béon |

Saturn Never Sleeps is a collaboration between Philly DJ/producer/musician King Britt and multimedia artist Rucyl. The duo released Yesterday’s Machine last year and recorded a Key Studio Session in November. You can listen to and download the entire session here. One of the songs they recorded, “Hearts On Fire” is on our latest digital sampler, Key Studio Sessions Compilation, Volume 3, which you can download below.


The Key Studio Sessions: Saturn Never Sleeps

When Saturn Never Sleeps arrived at WXPN to record their Key Studio Session, they seemed so humble and unassuming. Two people at the door, two shoulder bags of samplers and laptops – a portable musical setup if ever there was one. But what legendary Philly DJ King Britt and multimedia artist Rucyl were able to do with the gear they brought was astounding. Their collaborative album, Yesterdays Machine, is a thrilling collection of ethereal pop songs, and you can hear performances of its highlights below. But here’s the fun part: those tracks are merely exceprts from a non-stop 40-minutes of freeform electronic improvisation they recorded in our studio. That’s the mission of Saturn Never Sleeps – to boldly explore with their sonic circuitry – and it’s best exhibited by the duo’s monthly parties at Silk City. Their next event happens next Tuesday the 29th of November, but to get a taste of what’s in store, tune in to XPN2 tomorrow night for a Thanksgiving edition of the Key Studio Sessions hour, where you’ll hear the soundscape King and Rucyl built for us, uniterrupted and in its entirety. [Special thanks to Michael Béon of Kraus Phade Photography for the incredible photo-slideshow.]

Support for The Key Studio Sessions, from Dogfish Head

Philly Local Philes: Saturn Never Sleeps’ “Tory”

Saturn Never Sleeps is the latest project of legendary Philly DJ and producer King Britt, in collaboration with singer Rucyl. Saturn Never Sleep’s debut full-length Yesterday’s Machine has been available as a digital download from the duo’s website since earlier this summer. It’s a suave blend of downtempo beats, electronic atmospheres, and sanguine vocals—the kind of thing folks in the ’90s might have classified under the trip-hop umbrella. Today’s Philly Local Phile focuses on the first single, “Tory”; grab a download below, and make plans to check out the record-release party tomorrow at Silk City.


Out today: Saturn Never Sleeps’ (King Britt and Rucyl) debut album, Yesterday’s Machine

One of Philly’s finest King Britt has teamed with singer/artist Rucyl for a new album, released today, called Yesterday’s Machine. Working as Saturn Never Sleeps, Britt and Rucyl have been collaborating for the last couple years beginning with an improvisational performance dedicated to the music of Sun Ra. They’ve continued to record and tour together and the fruits of their musical labor is a wonderful new collection of songs that blends ambient, electronica grooves and ethereal jams that brings to mind the sounds of Sade and Massive Attack. Listen to the album below and check out the video for the song “Grace.” You can download the album for free in exchange for your e-mail address or support the music and purchase it here. And mark your calendars: Saturn Never Sleeps perform on Tuesday, August 30th at Silk City.