Will the future of Indie music come from Germany?
Just over a year ago, Jurek Stricker started releasing demos from his bedroom in Berlin under the moniker: Donkey Kid. The German producer has quickly become an exciting newcomer in the German scene and is set to influence the wider Indie scene. His songwriting has a timeless quality to it; he takes inspiration from psychedelic rock from the 70s, but twists in influences from the 80s and 90s. With his crooning raspy voice, Stricker has been compared to British vocalists like Dev Hynes from Blood Orange or Archy Marshall from King Krule. And yet, the instrumentation in his songs set him apart. His sound is characterized by ambient samples, intricate basslines, and hints of diving into something entirely more electronic.
A song like “Linger On,” is fuelled by a driving drum beat and complemented by more thoughtful piano ballads. Watching the Stricker in his video for “Linger On,” you wouldn’t know if it was filmed in 1971, 1983 or 2021. Just like his sound, the images are multilayered and timeless.
At the end of last month, Donkey Kid released a brand new single entitled, “Digging Holes.” The track comes with the announcement that Donkey Kid will be launching his debut EP, Distant Shouts later this year. The single starts off as a classic sentimental indie track but quickly ambushes you with an unexpected bit of funk in the middle 8. The track switches it up again towards the end with a genre-bending 4-to-the-floor outro.
Check out the new single below, and look out for Distant Shouts later this yearDonkey Kid – Digging Holes Donkey Kid – nothing but my clothes (demo)
Cover art by Niklas Apfel