R: solution, baby

Between 1997 and 2002 Kirk released the acclaimed mix albums Check One and Synthesis for the X:Treme label – showcasing Kirk’s love of early electronic jazz alongside the latest techno – and put together three ‘Soul of Science’ compilation albums with Ian O’Brien for the Obsessive label with the same philosophy. Between 1998 and 2001 Kirk was part of the R-Solution Radio show alongside Dego, Marc Mac & Phil Asher. Broadcasting weekly on London’s Kiss FM the show quickly developed a loyal following and became an important outlet for the growing broken beat scene.

As Mo Wax became lost amid several corporate mergers As One was signed by Ross Allen as part of the Universal subsiduary Island Blue alongside artists such as Peshay, Tom Middleton, Mark Pritchard, The Underwolves & Spacek. The label dissolved before any releases were possible however and Kirk signed to San Francisco based label Ubiquity resulting in the As One albums ’21st Century Soul’ and ‘Out of the Darkness’. Ubiquity were attracted to Kirk after a series of quality remixes for 4 Hero, Carl Craig, Common Factor, Papo Vasquez, Beanfield, Tony Allen, Ptaah, Azymuth, Coldcut and many others. In 2003 Ubiquity also released a deluxe anthology of classic, rare and previously unreleased As One material entitled ‘So Far’.

Far Out Recordings were also impressed by Kirk’s remixes for them and signed an off-shoot project called ‘Offworld’ which saw Kirk producing and re-working studio sessions by Brazilian fusion band Azymuth on the album ‘Two Worlds’. The album also featured Jamie ‘Jimpster’ Odell and vocalist Vanessa Freeman. Kirk also worked with Jimpster for Exceptional Records ‘Sky EP’ series under the name Super-A-Loof – a pseudonym he uses specifically for collaborations with other artists.