“Xfm Xposure Tips for 2014” – John Kennedy @Xfm
“The energy from this duo is fantastic… a chaotically beautiful sound” – Artrocker
“The crowd goes nuts as delighted smiles dawn on 100 faces… madly fun“ – Bearded Magazine
Welcome to the wonderful world of AK/DK, where musical structure has been joyfully shattered, and the pieces recombined into a unique, prysmic, ever changing barrage of high-energy sound and melody.
AK/DK’s maiden LP, entitled SYNTH + DRUMS + NOISE + SPACE, follows a trio of cult releases on Little Miss Echo Recordings, including last year’s ridiculously infectious cassette single Battersea. This new offering represents a slight departure from the more bit-crushed pop-joy of their previous recordings: recorded live and largely improvised, its fizzing layers of arpeggios and raging double drums will appeal to fans of Factory Floor, Dan Deacon, Raymond Scott, Can, Boredoms and Battles. Studio edits were kept to a minimum in favour of a more honest and raw recording, going some way to recreate the raucous spontaneity of their live shows.
Live, AK/DK are an in-demand, high-energy spectacle. As well as opening for a dizzying range of artists like Dan Deacon, Damo Suzuki, Tricky, Fujiya & Miyagi, Anamanaguchi and Civil Civic, they have played art-oriented events such as the ICA’s Psychedelica Gala, the Cage-inspired “A Nod To John Cage” event at the De La Warr Pavillion, and a Tate/Shunt curated art and music event at Latitude Festival. They were also hand picked to open for The Dandy Warhols on their entire European tour (as seen in the Battersea video), including a London show at the HMV Forum.
An initial limited edition run of clear 12” vinyl will be accompanied by live shows throughout April and the summer.
“A joyful storm of synth loops, beats and beeps – AK/DK play with passion, inventiveness and smiles plastered over their faces.” – Drowned In Sound
“The sound they make from two drumkits, a bank each of keyboards and a whole heap of enthusiasm is totally irresistible. AK/DK make me happy.” – Collapse Board
“Hissing, bleeping, buzzing, distorted layers of sound…ridiculously brilliant”– Louder Than War
“Their sound is infused with electro… the drums and bass are driving rather than noisy, and there’s a lot of melody to be found in their songs. AK/DK is made for dancing.” – God is in the TV
“Combining the punchy bounce of Battles with the synthesizer fetishism of Add N to (X) and a joyful disregard for the rules, it is a physical impossibility to sit still while AK/DK are playing.”– Brighton Noise
“A pair of eccentricore synth-punkers doing what they do best… AK/DK’s patented brand of synth and drum attack is exceptionally difficult to get tired of” – 7bitArcade