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Party-starting Brightonian synth-smiths AK/DK sound like Devo on medication for acute attention deficit disorder – and it’s pure genius! Get involved when they hit the road this week...

Anita Awbi
  • By Anita Awbi
  • 23 Oct 2017
  • min read
Who? Pals Ed and Gee are behind the bonkers sound of AK/DK.

What? A synth-o-scopic krauty-electro-disco house party.

From where? Brighton.

What’s the story? AK/DK have been bringing the noise for the last half-decade, bashing out a hard-bitten groove on whatever vintage gear they’ve had to hand.

As a two-headed party-starting machine, theirs is a frenzied vibe, which takes in flavours of krautrock, kosmische, synth-pop and a smattering of two-bit hardcore.

Like a lost cassette from the eighties that’s playing at the wrong speed, it’s all searing melodies, mind-melting electronic bass and fierce beats, finished off with some pretty spacey reverb.

Over the years, they’ve conquered the live space with a barrage of wonky arpeggios and high-energy abandon. But with just one album under their belts – until now – proper studio wizardry seemed harder to come by. That’s all changed now LP number two, Patterns/Harmonics, dropped last Friday (20 October).

It offers their most developed sound yet - a symphony of dancefloor bangers with plenty of artful production and layering to open up another, more nuanced side.

With props for their previous record, SYNTHS + DRUMS + NOISE + SPACE, flying in from the likes of NME, The Line of Best Fit and BBC 6 Music’s Tom Robinson, it’s surely just a matter of time before Patterns/Harmonics attracts some proper love too.

Sounds like? Devo on medication for acute attention deficit disorder.

Predicted to? Wipe the floor with your ears on their upcoming UK tour, which kicks off tomorrow night (Tuesday) at Green Door Store, Brighton.

Must hear? Morphology


Upcoming tour dates:
24 October - Green Door Store, Brighton
26 October - Colchester Arts Centre
27 October - The Exchange, Bristol
28 October - 2Q 2017, Lincoln
31 October - Archspace, London
10 November - St Paul's, Worthing