King Britt to release new EP as Fhloston Paradigm

According to Fact Magazine, DJ/producer King Britt is releasing an EP under his Fhloston Paradigm alias on Hyperdub records on March 26th. When Britt released the first Fhloston Paradigm EP, Fiction Science, in January, 2011 he said the project was dedicated to the “beauty of science fiction soundscapes” and was inspired by films like Blade Runner and Rollerball. You can download the EP below. In case you missed it, Britt and Rucyl recorded a Key Studio Session last November as Saturn Never Sleeps here.


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.


Download The Key Studio Sessions Compilation Vol. 3 (feat. mewithoutYou, Psychic Teens, White Birds, + more)

DRGN King” credit=”Photo by Ritz Reynolds

The Key Studio Sessions Compilation Volume 3—which you can download for free here—features one exclusive track recorded at the WXPN studios by 18 local acts, including DRGN King, Blayer Point Du Jour, Plow United, Weston, Surgeon, Break It Up, Black Landlord, Crills Wilson, Psychic Teens, The Bad Doctors, Ben Smith, The Tressels, Saturn Never Sleeps, White Birds, Andrew Lipke, Ports Of Call, mewithoutYou, and Young Statues. Continue reading →


John Vettese’s Top Five Local Albums of 2011

This week, we’ll be taking a look at several WXPN/XPN2 staff members’ Best Of 2011 lists. Today, XPN2’s John Vettese—who records and produces our Key Studio Sessions—tells us his five favorite local albums of the year. 

1. The War On Drugs, Slave Ambient (Secretly Canadian) Listen to The War On Drugs’ Key Studio Session


2. Creepoid, Horse Heaven (Ian) Listen to Creepoid’s Key Studio Session


3. Zakee, Assimilations(Green Owl)


4. Meg Baird, Seasons On Earth (Drag City)


5. Saturn Never Sleeps, Yesterday’s Machine (self-released) Listen to Saturn Never Sleeps’ Key Studio Session


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.]


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.