Soundtrack Saturday: The zombie electro of Kavinsky

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Welcome to Soundtrack Saturday, a now-and-then column which showcases music that's tickling our aural syntax nodes. Today's artist is undead deejay Kavinsky. His music sounds like John Carpenter and Jan Hammer fighting crime together and working out in abandoned warehouses.


According to his 2006 press release, Kavinsky is a Testarossa aficionado who died in 1986, until he came back from the dead in 2006 to, uh, make house music:

The first thing to know about Kavinsky: He's a zombie. Legend says he was killed in a car wreck in 1986, speeding through the back roads of France at over 120 mph in a Ferrari Testarossa before veering off the road and being hurtled through the windshield. Though pronounced dead at a nearby hospital, he quietly got up off his stretcher and left, never to be seen or heard from again…until 2006.

You can find out more about Kavinsky here.
Since then, Kavinsky (a.k.a. Vincent Belorgey) has released a number of laseriffic tracks that wouldn't be out of place on Snake Plissken's Walkman (remember, Escape from New York took place in 1997). Here are some of his electronecrotic highlights:

The music video for "Testarossa Overdrive" (2006).

The unreleased track "1986" (2006).

An unofficial music video for his 2010 single "Nightcall" from the forthcoming album of the same name. It transforms footage from Terminator into something downright slinky.

"Pacific Coast Highway" from Nightcall (2010).



In summer 2008 I would just get way too high and drive around with my friend and listen to Kavinsky. We always talked about making a longboard video at this graveyard and using one of his songs in it.