Recently, we heard a rumour. Well, two rumours, but we’ll come to the second one in a bit. The first rumour we heard, was that there was some new music on its way from King Unique, AKA Matt Thomas.
That pricked up our ears, because Matt was someone we hadn’t spoken to for a long time – not since the early 00s, in fact, when both Black AM (as Watkins) and Lighters (as King Unique) featured in Heavy Rotation, the regular slot in the old print version of iDJ where we’d talk to the makers of any given month’s ‘biggest’ tune.
We were aware, of course, that he’d used those two massive club hits as a springboard to launch a career that saw him dropping a long series of tough, tribal-tinged releases on the likes of Junior and Defected for the rest of the 00s. But we were also aware that the current decade had seen a marked downturn in his output.
Which brings us to that second rumour – that he had in fact turned his back on the music business altogether, and become an archaeologist (as you do). Could this be true?
There was only one way to find out…