AK SPORTS goes digital with new single and video ‘Tank Girl’
AK SPORTS has done it again. Off the back of her first single on Gallery Recordings, she’s returned with an even bolder statement on ‘Tank Girl’. The track comes from her forthcoming ‘Polarize’ EP, out on July the 3rd. ‘Tank Girl’ takes the project to new heights, melding together an array of influences and taste bringing out the best from the sonic mood board of AK SPORTS.
‘Tank Girl’ is perfectly titled. Repetitive snappy high hat pulses combine brilliantly with a wobbly UK inspired bass line. It’s minimal yet curated so carefully with every element creating a driving, pulsating rhythm. Every kick, hat, sample, cow bell is curated meticulously to create an all-encompassing, eye-opening journey.
The track is brought to the visual world with a brilliantly created music video animated by Stacie Ant. It sees Madi and three of her closest friends projected into an alternate universe. It’s an ode to 90s action movie female superheroes and sees the girls take down a freakish bald monster. From grenades, machine guns and everything in between, the staunch visual direction matches the intricately ear-melting sonic vision of the track. The video attacks serious messaging through a lighthearted lens, and breaks and critiques the male gaze by empowering female identity and sexuality through unique, personal and relatable characterisation.
On the video, Stacie Ant comments, “The video was heavily inspired by old school post apocalyptic films, particularly Mad Max and Tank Girl. We wanted to capture a video game-like experience in the video, with attacking mutated monsters and a girl squad driving around the anarchist desert – I think the track really painted this image quite vividly for me.”
With two stellar singles off the rank and a strong visual direction, AK SPORTS‘ ‘Polarize’ EP is shaping up to be an extremely strong contribution to Gallery’s steadily growing catalogue.
‘Tank Girl’ is out now via Gallery Recordings. Polarize is out July 3rd.
Words by Parry Tritsiniotis