FlyKKiller is the second collective project of musical collaborators Stephen Hilton and Pati Yang. Separately they have been at the forefront of avant-garde electro music, both bringing a wealth of experience into a band that in such a short time have already been seized upon as pioneers of the genre.
Polish born Yang spent her childhood on tour with her father’s iconic punk band; an outfit that underwent extreme danger to smuggle their anti-regime message through soviet censorship, before signing her first album deal at age 18. The release was an instant success in Poland, becoming widely acclaimed across the European dance scene, earning a reputation that hastily spread worldwide for her enchanting voice, musical talent and unrelenting creativity.
It was on taking her work to London that Pati met Stephen Hilton, co founder of The Free Association with music partner David Holmes, also putting the beats behind many soundtracks for films such as two James Bond movies, Hot Fuzz, Moulin Rouge, Ocean’s 11, 12 and 13, while producing albums with the likes of Pulp, Depeche Mode and Trevor Horn. Stephen also co-wrote with Siouxsie Sioux on her new album.
Together they formed the band Children and once again were praised alongside the likes of Kieran Hebden, Steve Reed and Prefuse 73 in the Independent Newspaper’s round up of new electronic experimental artists. Together, Pati and The Free Association found a level of working which was nothing short of exceptional; collaborating on the soundtrack to Michael Winterbottom’s film Code 46. The score was nominated for the best soundtrack at the European Film Awards in 2003, which was a personal high for Pati along with supporting Depeche Mode at their stadium show in Warsaw, 2006.
For their new project, the cannily titled FlyKKiller, the pair set about recording a studio album with (as legend would have it) an extraterrestrial called V; which when you hear the outcome of these sessions you can understand where such claims might come from. The gallant and incessant beats that have become the backdrop to Yang’s howling, stirringly poignant and harmonic vocal were, again as the myth insists, recorded by V who created these cubes (whilst in captivity in the FlyKKiller Institute in Poland) as a vessel in which to pass on her peaceful communications to us earthlings. However the otherworldly sci-fi cubes have been seized from her by her captors at The FlyKKiller Institute, and sold to fund their scientific research. Additional information is being presented via download and physical formats.
The first FlyKKiller single rocketed straight into the DMC Zzub chart at number 1. NME, DJ Mag, Hip Hop connection and DJs such as Annie Nightingale, Zane Lowe and Rob Da Bank at Radio One, John Kennedy and James Hyman at XFM and Joe Ransom and Loose Cannons at Kiss all went berserk for FlyKKiller’s cosmically inspired conspiratorial beats while BBC 6 Music made FlyKKiller’s second single their Record of the Week.