With the sweetest of sounds coming from the speakers of the Ticket Arena office it would be mighty selfish of us to keep them to ourselves, so we thought we’d let you in on what our staff use to soundtrack a hard day’s work. Now a weekly feature with the intent of bringing your attention to wonderful new sounds every Tuesday, our Album Of The Week looks at releases from the best in the game, whether fresh new acts about to hit the big time or established artists reminding the world of their continued talent. Simply put, it’s just the best in music that we think you should hear.
Hailing from Bulgaria’s capital, KiNK is the wild card of the electronic music scene, offering a clash of genres with the end result being a version of house music for techno fans and techno for disco fans, with his latest release Playground hitting all of these styles and genres in a twelve track insight into what makes the in demand DJ and producer tick. Album opener ‘Soar’ is a slow burning tease of a repetitive ambient loop met with string-like synths that degenerates into darker, unworldly sounds, foreshadowing what can be expected in regards to the unexpected, juxtaposing sounds that feature on the rest of the record. KiNK, real name Strahil Velchev, has managed to encapsulate a soundtrack for an entire evening, with ‘Samodiva’ sampling the most obscure of sounds to create intrigue and interest, ‘Perth’ displaying peak-party house vibes, with added cut up disco for good measure and tracks ‘Teo Techno’, ‘A Taste Of Metal’, ‘Organ’ and ‘Five’ creating a dirtier, harsher techno for listeners to get deeply lost in, before closer ‘The Universe In Her Eyes’ brings it all back to reality - a gentle comedown from an audio assault.
KiNK claims live dates all over the country, first taking on the legendary Store Street for The Warehouse Project’s Bicep takeover on Saturday 18th November. As part of the In:Motion season at Bristol’s Motion venue, KiNK will be performing live for their STRAF_WERK night, alongside Richy Ahmed, Patrick Topping, Skream and more on Saturday 16th December. London’s Tobacco Dock will also be hosting the DJ on New Year’s day, which falls on Monday, 1st January.
Image courtesy of Peter Vulchev