- KiNK and Elektro Guzzi are long-established live techno acts. Their approaches might seem polarised to some: KiNK orchestrates a bank of small controllers and portable keyboards, while Elektro Guzzi, a trio who resemble a rock band on stage, use guitars and drums as well as analogue equipment. As performers, though, their styles overlap. I've seen KiNK swing a synth like a fretboard; Elektro Guzzi, on the other hand, can play with reserved, hypnotic precision, like a drum machine's circuitry made flesh.
Both remixes here are amped-up versions of the originals. What's surprising is that it wasn't only KiNK who turned the dial clockwise: Elektro Guzzi's remix of "Vodolaz," a track from KiNK's Under Construction album, swaps the original's icy broken beat for a metronomic 4/4 smack. Airy synths and scraps of modular sound orbit and expand around a crunchy electronic bassline like a cloud of gas. It swells euphorically before the song gently reverts back to its bare rhythm.
KiNK's overhaul of "Atlas" is a growling, thumping house record splashed in organs and atmospheric synth. It submerges the original's brighter chords in a milky formula of reverb and delay, but otherwise closely matches the original mood. Whatever their creators' differences, both tracks share an energy that dance floors will connect with easily.
A1 Elektro Guzzi - Atlas (KiNK Mix)
B1 KiNK - Vodolaz (Elektro Guzzi Version)