Artist Feature: Kavinsky

Published on February 13th, 2012

Kavinsky (né Vincent Belorgey) is a household name in my book, and if you are not yet savvy to this groovy funkster, today is your lucky day. Besides going on an epic tour with SebastiAn, The Rapture, Justice and Daft Punk back in ’07 (hey, its 2012 now), this Frenchman’s music has been featured in Grand Theft Auto IV (track below), and several films scored by Cliff Martinez (who is about to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ drummer, but that’s a different story).

Kavinsky – Testarossa Autodrive (SebastiAn Remix)

Most recently, Kavinsky lent his 80’s-film-score reminiscent production prowess to the opening credits of Nicolas Winding Refn’s retro clad thriller, Drive. Apart from the movie starring Ryan Gosling, “Nightcall” artfully set the mood for the rest of the flick that has hold of a place in my top 10. The movie as a whole was a fitting metaphor for Kavinsky’s sound; a match made in the girls locker room, which is what everyone knows as the 80’s high school’s film equivalent to heaven. The track boasts a chilling vocoder contrasting the voice of CSS lead singer, Lovefoxxx, and was produced by Guy-Manuel De Homem-Christo from that one group called Daft Punk.

And now for the juicy part. Kavinsky’s track “Roadgame” (only available on the French edition Blu-ray of Drive) is a precursor to his forthcoming album! This track is hott [sic]. How are these strings so crisp?! And the piano stabs are straight out of Rocky III.

As he takes us to the climax, the body of the sound becomes so huge I felt Ryan Gosling’s cold blue stare slice through me. I can only hope that Kavinsky and Martinez will be on board for scoring Winding Refn’s reboot of the 1976 classic Logan’s Run, reportedly starring Gosling, and can contend with Jerry Goldsmith’s prolific score of the original.


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