Applied Rhythmic Technology

Still working part-time in Reckless, Kirk regularly sold rare house and techno to a wide range of collectors. One of these – Grant Wilson-Claridge – gave Kirk some white labels by Richard James/Aphex Twin which impressed Kirk so much that he suggested a collaboration between ART and Grant’s label Rephlex. This resulted in ‘The Philosophy of Sound & Machine’ compilation which personified the early UK electronica scene at that time. Featuring tracks by The Black Dog, B12, Matt Cogger, Kirk and Richard James the release is now a sought-after classic. Two spin-off ART vinyl releases also saw cult status featuring further tracks from Kirk, B12 and Balil (Ed Handley).

ART 3 saw the first major release in the UK from Carl Craig – who along with UR was fast becoming THE Detroit producer to watch. The 4 track EP featured the peak of ‘ambient techno’ – the original version of ‘Neurotic Behaviour’ and secured ART’s status as a boutique label of few releases but exceptional quality.

Due to an increased DJing workload Kirk left Reckless in 1994 and also signed to Beechwood Music subsidiary ‘New Electronica’ for two albums. This resulted in the As One LP’s ‘Reflections’ in 1994 and ‘Celestial Soul’ in 1995. Due to the demands of these recordings ART released only a handful of new releases by Kirk and B12 before ending at release 7.2.

1995 saw Kirk located briefly back in Ipswich prior to settling back in Richmond for the next 6 years. During this brief return to Suffolk he recorded the album ‘The Art of Prophecy’ for the short-lived French label Shield and on the strength of the track ‘Hyperspace’ signed his Future/Past moniker to R&S. Meanwhile, Ipswich had become a mecca for drum n bass and Kirk quickly became attracted to the releases of one producer in particular: Photek. Through mutual friends they quickly met and started collaborating. 3 tracks were in progress but were never completed due to Photek signing to major label Virgin and Kirk signing to hip underground label Clear.