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Markus Weickinger on stage as MKID, dancing with his iPad, tends to look as though he was playing computer games. Actually, the “magical horn-rims guy” (quote Bruckmayr) is more of a level designer, who offers his audience a fast-paced jump and run. Retracing the steps of Kraftwerk and Modeselektor, we are taken on a breathless chase across the universe of electronic club music. Under the influence of early Warp and Rephlex releases, the 32-year-old from Linz (Austria) conjures up landscapes of massive kick drums and driving sequences from his old-school machinery.
Meanwhile, the demonic-ironic crooner Didi Bruckmayr adds more to the project than just another layer. At times, his singing follows the lead of Ian Curtis and David Sylvain, then again there is a hint of Pavarotti. In between, he whines, purrs, and grunts, or acts the market crier and draws the audience into a conversation. Where others have to use effect machines, Bruckmayr only needs his voice. The socially critical lyrics discuss verbiage, letterbox companies and plastic palm trees in polyester cities. In the song Social Media Fiasko, Bruckmayr confides to his stage partner with the magical horn-rims that high frame rates make him happy.
The MKID project has been running since 2009; before that, Weickinger was active under the stage name microchipkids. Steel City veteran Didi Bruckmayr was taken on board in 2012, for the Houztekk EP Popsoap. The walking tattoo and double PhD is mostly known for the boundary-transgressing band Fuckhead and the electropop project Wipeout; the vocal acrobat’s latest release at Houztekk was a cooperation with his cousin Sigmar Aigner as Mussurunga.