With the upcoming release of his video game on July 8th Vincent Belorgey is set to bring to life both his cartoon alter-ego Kavinsky and his Outrun album. Players acting as Kavinsky will be able to drive his emblematic car and use martial arts moves and deadly weapons to defeat villains in downtown Los Angeles — all while listening to a game soundtrack of Kavinsky records. The video game also offers an augmented reality feature for iPhone users who can snap a picture on their mobile devices and set it as the background location in bonus rounds.
The app will be available on all portable platforms and devices.
French electro force Surkin is next to step up to the plate for remix duties for the enigmatic Kavinsky. Taken from the French producer’s long-awaited concept album OutRun, a shared national heritage does not deter Surkin from employing his own unique take on the original in the wake of A-Trak’s recent take. His minimalistic remodel invokes low-end beats and vintage synth work – all collected to forge a unique and bass-heavy rendition that plays true to the original’s mysterious thematics.
If French electro enigma Kavinsky’s bombastic backstory is to be believed, then fans should probably keep their distance. After all, a reincarnated zombie in an Italian sports car may be more interested in eating brains than expanding them. But if the eccentric producer’s first artist album Outrun is any indication, his steady stream of exceptional output is going to make staying away a near impossibility.
Since bursting into the collective consciousness with “Nightcall,” the brooding single produced by Daft Punk’s Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and featured in 2011 blockbuster Drive‘s opening scene, Kavinsky (AKA Vincent Belorgey) has built both his musical resume and alternate undead persona with gusto. The culmination of these efforts, Kavinsky’s inaugural album is a 13-track odyssey that showcases the versatility and virtuosity of his menacing brand of electro-disco. Featuring the production talents of fellow French luminary SebastiAn, this sprawling LP represents a singular bar-setting achievement in a genre that has been too-often diluted in the post-Daft Punk dance music paradigm.
France’s contribution to the world of electronic music over the past two decades is unquestionable. From Daft Punk to David Guetta, and the assortment of eclectic acts off the Ed Banger roster, we can always count on the French to brighten our musical outlook. Kavinsky’s “Protovision” is exactly what we would expect from the electro house maestro. It features electro rock vibes that were championed by fellow Parisian duo Justice, and embodies a retro appeal that you’d find in a classic French house production. “Protovision” is a track off Kavinsky’s forthcoming artist album entitled Outrun which is set to drop sometime in 2013. (more…)