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Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2008

Alive and Kinky

Bulgaria’s KiNK redefines the rules

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KiNK's (aka Strahil Velchev) innovation and natural production ability have made him a magnetic force in almost all of dance music's divided factions. Full-on underground house music people, techno heads, hipster blog-housers, fidget bandwagon riders, huge-name disc-jockeying institutions, deep house nerds and jocky douche bags who just came to the party to get drunk and dance with a few girls have all emerged as fans of his music.

The Bulgarian-born DJ/live performer has emerged as one of the most inspiring producers in underground dance music's slightly stagnant scene. At a time when digital labels and releases have saturated the market with (literally) thousands of mediocre tracks, KiNK holds his own as an innovative voice that melds the soul and groove of house and techno with the futuristic detail of experimental electronica and the raw energy of acid.

Such cross-genre appeal has landed him on respected labels like U.K.-based Odori, Hector Moralez' Minority Music and Uniform Recordings, to name a few.

Most recently, KiNK slinked his way onto Chicago's Spatula City imprint with his dark, driving gem The Check Dat Funk, Jigga EP, featuring Austin, Texas' J.A.M.O.N. on vocals. The EP cuts like a nasty fix of house, techno, glitchy minimalism and funky vocals, showcasing a range of talent that has captured the attention of artists on both sides of the Atlantic. Laurent Garnier and Francois K have thrown their sonic support his way, along with moodier, downtempo artists like Ollie Teeba and The Scratch Perverts.

When KiNK's not tearing up the decks head on, he's performing live P.A. sets for those lucky enough to be in attendance. While the sets are rare, they've quickly gained notice from artists and audiences alike. On Saturday, Nov. 22, Milwaukee gets a tech-heavy treat as KiNK makes his Milwaukee debut with vocalist J.A.M.O.N. for a twisted, live set that is sure to reach the cross-cultures of EDM.

Three, 722 N. Milwaukee St. Music 10 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. Cover charge: $5.