D.K.

D.K. “Live at the Edge” (12th Isle)

2020-05-21T20:50:12+00:00May 21st, 2020|

Nostalgia-tinged 90s electronica and second room IDM from the legend that is D.K.

ISLE008.5 shows Parisian artist D.K.’s concern for the nostalgia-tinged 90s electronica and second room IDM that inform not just his compositional practice but also our own tastes here at the label. Recorded live at the intimate South Korean venue The Edge, this limited 12″ births fleeting moments in a late night music bar into physical form. Propulsive rhythmic tension, heavy doses of reverb and glassy, cavernous sound design across six movements.

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D.K. “Riding For A Fall” (Antinot)

2019-06-24T19:38:53+00:00June 7th, 2019|

Is another EP from D.K. about to land on Antinote while the first one has been announced only a month ago? Well, this looks very much like a series and – spoiler alert – Riding For A Fall EP is the second installment in a trilogy.

With a BPM crossing the 120 line on 2 out of 3 tracks, there’s little doubt that this second 12″ is also meant to be played in a club environment. The 9:37 min long Voices sprawls over the whole A-side. Like many productions stamped “D.K.”, the structure is linear only in appearance: it winds up and down between fantasized exotic landscapes, digital plug-ins mimicking “far east” instruments that are barely recognizable.

It gets even snakier with the Samurai Showdown-inspired Shoubuari (Battle): pixel swords brushing past our ears, martial drumming and menacing synths (D.K., were you the kind of kid who owned a Neo Geo?) – it’s pretty obvious that we’re in the world of SNK’s legendary fighting game.

Things calm down with Riding For A Fall: less button-mashing, more concentration as we’re witnessing the sacred martial art known as Street Fighter’s quarter circles…

But enough with these video game metaphors! No need to be a pro-gamer to enjoy this piece of music. It’s sad & slow house music with a cinematographic quality – and, perhaps, the most moving moment in this series of 12″.

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D.K. “Mystery Dub” (Second Circle)

2018-03-29T20:36:20+00:00March 29th, 2018|

Music From Memory’s sister label Second Circle returns with their first release of 2018, this time with a four-track EP from French producer and Antinote-via-Melody As Truth affiliate D.K., aka Dang Khoa Chau. Titled Mystery Dub EP, this new record features two percussive house cuts on the A side with two more evocative compositions on the flip. Recorded in his studio in the 11th district of Paris, the release showcases a wide yet characteristic palette of sounds and textures the Parisian artist has been sharpening over the years: atmospheric/hypnotic strings, warm pads, dreamy landscapes, and spatial rhythms.

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