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Essential Listening: KiNK

Essential Listening: KiNK

Andrew Kemp | Features & Interviews

Bulgaria might not be well-known for its electronic music output, but one national who is goes by the name of Strahil Velchev, aka KiNK. A master of the semi-improvised electronic jam, KiNK has quite rightly been awarded the title of Resident Advisor’s top live act, having spent the last few years playing across the world with his eccentric hardware jams. One of the most enthusiastic performers you’ll find in any industry in the world, Velchev moves as if attached to strings plucked by a devilish party spirit, his beaming grin as infectious as his music. A quality producer in the studio and in front of live audiences, KiNK has offered some absolutely beauties for us to pick through, and so here are five of the tracks we’ve ruled indispensable to the Ticket Arena party playlist.  

Pussy ft. Rachel Row
Regular contributor Rachel Row lends her sultry vocals to a naughty acid jam that descends into a tripped out dub breakdown for good measure.

Stuttered pianos borrowed from a frankly quite horrible old techno tune are transformed into a wonderful fist-pumper which pings in and out of the foreground as harsh hats and a soft snare charge through nearly six minutes of magnificent silliness.

Pocket Piano
KiNK at his trance-infused best as the chiming synth arpeggios rise and fall above a squealing siren, breaking into the rhythmic artificial piano chords that act as a stamp of authenticity on most KiNK bangers. Check the breakbeat version for a less spacey shuffle.

Slowly building through ear-catching high notes and a slow bass purr, this chugger gains strength for a good while before breaking into a wall-shaking bass ruckus.

Daniel Avery - Knowing We’ll Be Here (KiNK Remix)
An atmospheric adaptation of the closer to Avery’s 2013 masterpiece Drone Logic, building towards what feels like a certain drop but instead introducing a lovely airy whistle. The track carries a real headiness that made it a favourite at plenty of festivals back in the summer of 2014, and we certainly enjoyed rediscovering it here.

KiNK can be caught playing at Motion in Bristol on Saturday 16th December and at LWE NYD at Tobacco Dock.

Words by Andrew Kemp
Photo courtesy of Peter Vulchev

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