UK - Kitsuné
autoKratz are David and Russell, a London based electronic duo in there twenties. They met in a scuffle outside a nightclub, when Russell, feeling considerably worse for wear, vomited hysterically onto David’s new shoes. In an understandably hostile response, David raised his fists and poised for a brawl. The cowering Russell braced himself, until in a rare moment of good will David paused and calmed himself having noticed his adversaries Devo t-shirt. They got talking about music, and realised that they weren’t so different…
From the outset, they went about making electronic music that matters; music that recognises its inspirations in flashes of Kraftwerk, Daft Punk and Underworld, whilst aspiring to create something unique. The early sessions took place in an east London shed, where autokratz would spend many late nights making noises with guitars and machines until they created a live sound that felt right. In December 2006 they turned up late and unannounced at a warehouse party in Shoreditch and people really started to take notice.
Their debut release, ReaKtor was released through Kitsuné in September 07, and received an ecstatic reception from press, radio and dj’s alike. The title track is an electro monster dominated by a vigorous hook with added glitches, bleeps and pulsating melodies and has found support from Pete Tong who has aired on Radio 1, whilst also receiving regular plays along with an interview on XFM. The debut EP has evoked a remarkable reaction in clubs worldwide, with the other side of the record demanding equal attention. The Daft Punk-esque bleepy stomper It’s On’ has become a mainstay in Tiga DJ sets of late with it’s compulsive vocal hook and fat glitch funk backbeat typifying the fullness of the autoKratz sound.