DIN - Real Dirt

DIN, the project of Los Angeles’s Josie Vand and Greg Vand, are able to extract choice elements from eras past and distill it into an impressively focused and modern sound. Every sound, every texture, every voice falls perfectly into place, as the palette effortlessly winds from warm and pastoral to cold and sharp, leaving you room to both dance and dream. The “Real Dirt” LP is infectiously understated from start to finish, and as the follow up to their “Saturate” EP on Ascetic House it proves that DIN is a serious force in modern synth music.

Those familiar with the label may recognize Greg Vand from his role in the great High-Functioning Flesh, however DIN will likely appeal more to fans of Factory Floor, Tropic of Cancer, and Boy Harsher. Josie Vand has previously performed as a member of DVA Damas and contributed her visual art talents to the Jealous God label.

LP / Digital Album

Posted on December 30th, 2017 under Releases, ,

Karger Traum - Such A Dream

Karger Traum is Blake Lusk and Taylor McKenzie from Oklahoma City. The project began when Blake invited Taylor to improvise vocals over his solo project, Holy Siege. Taylor’s style of improvising lyrics in German fit well with Blake’s minimal, throbbing productions and the pair decided to forge ahead as Karger Traum. Despite wearing the obvious Einstürzende Neubauten, Deutsch Amerikanische Freundschaft, and Suicide influences proudly on their sleeve they have managed to create a sound that has as much forward momentum as it does reverence for the past. After releasing “Alles Auf Einmal” on Blake’s label, Tape Gun Records, they recorded “Such A Dream” for DKA.

Cassette / Digital Album

Posted on December 8th, 2017 under Releases, ,

Sally Dige - Holding On

Sally Dige is a multidisciplinary artist known for her darkly poetic yet highly danceable electro-pop songs, DIY stylistic videos, design and visual art.
Sally‘s deep and commanding voice, coupled with her analogue-visual-processes and overlapping artistic mediums has formed an identity that oscillates between the edges of aggression and fragility, old and new.

Holding On was created during the time of intense inner turmoil. Despite being stretched to her emotional limits, Sally did not let the weight of her circumstances break her, instead channeling all of her pain and fears into the production of a series of incredibly powerful songs.

Stunningly, Sally used only her voice and a single synth to create this album. Even with so little gear, the songs are anything but minimal. Each song has a minimum of 100 tracks and, for some songs, 100 tracks for just the drum section alone. Every audible sound has 20 other sounds swimming beneath it.

These are songs written for dance floors but are sung about loneliness, death and the meaninglessness of existence. Sally‘s work tows the line between a blissful innocence and a heavy darkness. Think Gina X flavored post punk-disco rubbing against Twitch-era Ministry‘s lost Sade collab or Enya on LSD after a break up.

Holding On is Sally‘s second album, following her debut Hard to Please, out on Avant! in Europe and DKA in North America, with two separate cover designs.

LP / Digital Album

Posted on September 21st, 2017 under Releases, ,

Multiple Man - New Metal

DKA is proud to present the debut full-length LP from Brisbane, Australia’s Multiple Man. The twin-brother duo of Sean & Chris Campion, Multiple Man proves that two heads are better than one.

Full-featured cinematic excess in the form of “8 NU TRACKS OF BURNING CHROME, CROSS CONTINENTAL HI-NRG, FIRM HANDSHAKE ELECTRONIC BODY MUSIC,” as the band describe it in their own words. It was mixed by Matt Weiner (TWINS/DKA/CGI Records) after having performed with the duo on both coasts of the United States in 2016. Welcome to the New Metal.

12″ LP / Digital Album

Posted on March 9th, 2017 under Releases, ,

Strategies Against The Body Vol. 2

DKA presents the follow up to our 2015 synth compilation “Strategies Against The Body”! We’ve spent the last year compiling brand new tracks from our favorite working artists, veterans and newbies alike, to bring you the latest and greatest in synth music.

“Strategies Against The Body II” pulls together DKA veterans Xander Harris and Tifaret with new additions Anticipation and Pyramid Club, as well as presenting special (for now) one off tracks from Passing, Colin Gorman Weiland, Videograve, ARIISK, Celldöd, and Spatial Relation in a cross-continental exploration of the dark side of the oscillator.

12″ LP / Digital Album

Posted on March 7th, 2017 under Releases,