Aphrodite (musician)

Gavin King, better known by his stage name Aphrodite, is a British jungle and drum and bass DJ/producer on the Urban Takeover label.[1][2] Also known as A Zone or DJ Aphro, he contributed to and influenced the genre's styles and techniques. He was born in Aberystwyth, Wales, and moved to London with his family as a toddler.[2] He has studied computer science.[3] He was one half of breakbeat hardcore group Urban Shakedown (with Claudio Giussani) who scored a UK top 40 hit with "Some Justice".[4] The duo appeared in an article of Amiga Format magazine after using two Amiga 500 computers to help create the track.[5]

Aphrodite
BornAberystwyth, Wales
GenresDrum and bass, jungle, breakbeat hardcore
Occupation(s)DJ, producer
Years active1990-2007
LabelsUrban Takeover, Aphrodite Recordings, Aladdin, Aphrodite Mix, Aphradan, V2 Recordings, UMG.
Websitewww.aphro.co.uk

DJ Aphrodite is behind Aphrodite Recordings which was inspired by a club he ran in 1988 called 'Aphrodite'.[6] His debut album was a self-titled effort under V2 Recordings, released in 1999.[6] The follow-up was Aftershock which was again released under V2 Recordings on 24 June 2002.

DiscographyEdit

AlbumsEdit

  • Aphrodite - Recordings (Yellow cover) (1997)
  • Aphrodite (1999)
  • Aftershock (2002)
  • Break in Reality (2007)

CD mixesEdit

  • Urban Jungle (1999)
  • Aph44 (2003)
  • Urban Junglist (2003)
  • Urbanthology Volume 1 (2005)
  • Overdrive (2005)

CDsEdit

  • See Thru It (2004)

CompilationsEdit

  • Park Rave Madness (1998)
  • The Takeover Bid: Round 1 (1998)
  • Egil Music Presents: Urban Jungle (1999)

Singles and EPsEdit

  • 1996 "Bad Ass" (with Micky Finn)
  • 1999 "BM Funkster"
  • 2002 "All Over Me" (feat. Barrington Levy) - UK #76[7]
  • 2002 "See Thru It" (feat. Wildflower) - UK #68[8]
  • 2003 "Bad Ass (Reissue)" (with Micky Finn)
  • 2003 "Rinsing Quince"
  • 2003 "Let the Rhythm Flow / Stalker"
  • 2003 "Cool Flight"
  • 2003 "Music's Hypnotizing / King of the Beats"
  • 2003 "Mash Up Ya Know"
  • 2003 "Def Jammer"
  • 2003 "Cocaine / Calling the People"
  • 2004 "Fanfare / Karma Sutra"

See alsoEdit


ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Cooper, Sean. "Aphrodite bio". Allmusic. Retrieved 29 December 2019.
  2. ^ a b "DJ Aphrodite returns to perform in his hometown". BBC News. 25 January 2010. Retrieved 20 April 2015.
  3. ^ DJ Aphrodite's 'Aftershock' Can be felt on MTA/V2. Billboard. 22 June 2002. Retrieved 20 April 2015.
  4. ^ "Official UK charts archive - "Some Justice"". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 29 December 2019.
  5. ^ "Urban Shakedown - Summer Break - Blog To The Oldskool". Blogtotheoldskool. 5 October 2009. Retrieved 29 December 2019.
  6. ^ a b Colin Larkin, ed. (2000). The Virgin Encyclopedia of Nineties Music (First ed.). Virgin Books. ISBN 0-7535-0427-8.
  7. ^ "Official UK charts archive - Aphrodite ft. Barrington Levy". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 29 December 2019.
  8. ^ "Official UK charts archive - Aphrodite ft. Wildflower". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 29 December 2019.

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