Habitat: Kink, Dense & Pika (Fri 04/12)

Well it’s not every day that a club brand reaches 11 years in existence, and it’s certainly been a crazy journey for us. We’ve toured over 300 artists, thrown hundreds of parties, and made so many wonderful friends along the way.

Habitat is very proud to be a part of an amazing community of like-minded people in Perth who share a passion for music like we do. Without them, we could not do what we do. So thank you guys.

Now let’s celebrate like only we know how…. with some very special hand-picked artists and a kick ass party. This year we have invited two of techno’s finest purveyors to come and join us… Bulgarian phenomenon KINK and London duo DENSE & PIKA.

Not only that… we are throwing an exclusive VIP pre-party, including the VIP treatment for 1 hour and the chance to mingle with all our artists and team. There will be 100 very special VIP tix on sale Wednesday 28 October, but you will need to be quick as these will go quickly.

Hip Hip Hooray

KiNK has become one of electronic music’s most in demand producers and remixers: his tracks easily stand out in any club night and they are second to none in the most competitive environment electronic music has ever seen. His abilities in finding the ‘sweet spot’ of new machines and even of sounds considered ‘classic’ and to reshape them into totally different beasts would be totally enough to justify the phenomenon. Yet this barely touches the surface of the story.

Arguably the world of dance music has not witnessed anyone else rising so clearly from bottom to top just by the centrifugal force of sheer talent. Being based in Sofia, Bulgaria, without a support network, a campaign or any media hype, his music alone – live and in the studio – created a momentum whose end we have yet to see.

Having met Neville Watson over the internet, he first gained recognition with the duo’s collaborative releases on Amsterdam’s Rush Hour. “Inside Out” and “Full Flight” were huge records in 2008 already, but it was an unassuming video of KiNK tweaking a drum machine at home that landed him a gig at Berlin’s ever emblematic Panorama Bar. This also hints at what set him on a trail of live sets that took him to #3 on Resident Advisor’s poll in 2013. By today, he has played the world several times over.

Thus, KiNK’s live sets hold the key to understanding how he creates unparalleled enthusiasm on stage and through his studio output. By now, a guy with a laptop has become the most common sight in a club. Yet the visual discrepancy between the dynamics of sound and the statics of a mouse click has driven most ambitious live acts to sideshow tricks: visuals, LED screens, compensatory dancing – smoke and mirrors. By contrast, KiNK’s live sets simply take the hood off – strictly in terms of sound. A small set up of machines and controllers is all there is, but every knob turned produces an audible result. Often he will pass a machine to the audience and incorporate their input in real time. This happens at mind-boggling speed. Hyperactive, yet holding down grooves to kill for. KiNK’s ability to nail smash beats on the fly, well visibly and audibly, that most people couldn’t program in weeks of studio work – this ‘credibility of sound’ right where it matters is what sparks the love everywhere he visits.

Dense & Pika are UK house & techno producer Chris Spero (also known as Glimpse) & British DJ, producer & Hypercolour co-founder Alex Jones. Their anonymous white label series surfaced in mid-2011 & has been shorthand for jammed-out, club-ready techno. They have featured on Drumcode, Hotflush recordings and Hypercolour as well as remixing artists such as Adam Beyer & Ida Engberg, Digitalism, Maya Jane Coles, X-Press 2 and also Paul Woolford’s ‘Erotic Discourse’ which, won the remix of the year award in DJ Mag’s best of 2014. With a number of original releases and remixes in the pipeline, Dense & Pika are continuing to fire on all cylinders.