Currently based in London, King Of Town aka Paul Holden is one of South Africa’s most intelligent talents – a full-of-surprises DJ and promising producer who’s remixed big international acts, including Franz Fredinand. He’s also a published author!
An integral part of the seminal Secret events in Johannesburg a few years back – parties that melded live acts with leading-edge DJs and that finally got the indie kids dancing – his breakout effort came in 2008 with a reworking of dynamite kasi-rock act Desmond & The Tutus’ “Kiss You On The Cheek”, which ended up on cool French imprint Tigersushi and garnered great responses for its slick township disco atmospherics.
More importantly, it piqued the interest of some indie-dance giants, and he was commissioned to remix Franz Ferdinand, The Phenomenal Handclap Band, They Came From The Stars, I Saw Them and many more.
Since relocating to London a couple of years ago, he’s signed up to remix agency Passe and inked deals with the Moshi Moshi label, who asked him to remix Silver Columns, and Optimo, who let him loose on strange Indonesian act Space System – a cut that was recently included on Mylo’s Mixmag covermount CD. He’s also working on a solo EP and judging from his remix output thus far there’s no reason it won’t be massive.
Oh, and in between all of this he ‘s managed to publish two rather serious books: the revealing and controversial The Arms Deal In Your Pocket, as well as a book on South African history (alongside Lauren Segal), titled Great Lives, Pivotal Moments…
King Of Town has kindly let Generation Bass readers grab his unreleased remix of South African act Unit R and a DJ set that features a selection of his super remixes and cuts from Manu Dibango, Skatt Bros and St. Etienne.
Unit R – Scared (King Of Town Remix) [SoundCloud link]
King Of Town – December DJ Mix [SoundCloud link]