Welcome to King Of Kong Records! As a joint venture by Central European publisher, DJ and curator Artur8 and Scandinavian producer Anton Klint & Edvin Edvinson, it’s pretty clear it won’t be a yet another formulaic record label. KOK is all about the baltic sea connection & befriended artists from all around the globe.
Berlin-raised, now based in London Artur K / Artur8 has been DJing worldwide for decades, at the same time promoting countless events (including big festivals) and co-operating with numerous labels including Rekids, Golf Channel, Internasjonal, Gomma Skylax, Compost, Machine Ltd or Internasional.
Gothenburg’s Anton Klint is mostly known for his production work, releasing on Hivern Discs, Public Possession or as Tiedye with numerous releases and remixes on labels like Italians do it better, DFA and Modular. Together with Edvin Edvinsson Anton runs the infamous the label/party Tryck&Ton.
First record on King Of Kong comes from Tryck&Ton itself, which is a duo of Anton
and his partner Edvin Edvinsson. “Pathetic Aesthetic”” is a mid-tempo chugger, with elegant, but steady rhythm, unquestionably funky live bassline, skeletal melody that turns into an irresistible earworm and a splash of mysterious exoticism, which is as much en vogue as simply appropriate.
The already intoxicating original gets even more boost by a superb cast of remixers: Sean Johnston beefs up the bass and strengthens the kick drum under his Hardway Bros alias, while Eric Duncan/Dr Dunks let’s loose with looped vocals and sci-fi FX aplenty. Kasper Bjorke delivers a majestic sonic odyssey, where dreamy intro with a definitely “live” feeling kicks into a sunset/sunrise anthem before unleashing a proper hands-in-the-air dancefloor anthem. The record is rounded off with a joint remix by Newborn Jr ((Phonica,Rhythm Section International, Echovolt, Dopeness Galore). & label boss Artur8. The remix takes a different angle: darker, moodier, it carries a lot of memories of classic (ware)house parties - and a stunning piano solo. Adam Brocki aka Newborn Jr. is also involved in the more techno oriented Private Press (Rekids)