K-Rad

Real Name:
Chris Grabowski
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K-rAd. Old geek speak for, “Wow, man, that’s so rad, it’s almost too rad.” The limit of what is radical, with a huge helping of sarcasm implied.

K-rAd is currently Chris Grabowski, Chicago sound engineer and electronic musician. Known for using “outmoded” tech toys, computer gear, and instruments for samples and inspiration, K-rAd’s brand of minimal sound is well-crafted, dj-friendly, and fresh (yet somehow familiar).

Since conception in 1996, K-rAd has been a subtle, but respected presence in the Chicago music scene, garnering acclaim (three critic’s choice awards from the Chicago Reader), compilation features (Select, Tarpop, Lumptronica, The Salvo Beta Remix Project, and Illuminance Records), and commissions (Burton Snowboards, General Motors, Nike, and VH1).

K-rAd has long been known as a collaborative work, with creative partners (Mark Hardy, Joe Hahn, Dan Oliver, Chris Johnson, Mike Moog, Luke Kowalczyk, Paul Kowalczyk, TC Furlong, and “Elroy” David Arredondo) adding unique signatures; recent releases (T12CD, OuTLeT, K1203, BS01) have seen Grabowski flying solo.

From custom-making his own cables to mastering on rarefied Dunlavy speakers, Grabowski’s work as a sound engineer highly influences his work as an artist. His electronics enthusiasm has led to past build projects including a custom midi controller and self-playing instruments; current build projects include an analogue modular synthesizer and a, “16-track midi and voltage control hardware sequencer.”

As a producer, Grabowski’s work always holds the comfort and accommodation of the dj in mind, with plenty of time for smooth blends and an open quality for djs to take his tracks and make them their own. Because of his commitment to sound quality, he won’t jack everything to the limits and sacrifice the dynamic range, making him unique in a time where many consider louder to be better.

Admittedly, Grabowski’s mission in life is to, “just make the sound perfect every place I hear music”—so the party can last longer, so the listeners can keep dancing with less fatigue, so the music can exist in a more authentic and beautiful way.
No small task, but for a man whose sole purpose in life is sculpting air, Grabowski is indeed K-rAd.
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Albums

K-Rad - Y2ioioday album art K-Rad Y2ioioday (Album) Not On Label (K-rAd Self-released) US 1998 Sell This Version
no number K-Rad - A...A...Dry Her Polo Chunk album art K-Rad A...A...Dry Her Polo Chunk(CDr, Album) Not On Label (K-rAd Self-released) no number US 1998 Sell This Version
no number K-Rad - Cold Went Modem album art K-Rad Cold Went Modem(CDr, Album) Not On Label (K-rAd Self-released) no number US 1999 Sell This Version
no number K-Rad - Smart Far album art K-Rad Smart Far(CDr, Album) Not On Label (K-rAd Self-released) no number US 1999 Sell This Version
no number K-Rad - Hal-O-Wiener album art K-Rad Hal-O-Wiener(CDr, Album) Not On Label (K-rAd Self-released) no number US 1999 Sell This Version
no number K-Rad - Skim Jelly Wires album art K-Rad Skim Jelly Wires(CDr, Album) Not On Label (K-rAd Self-released) no number US 1999 Sell This Version
no number K-Rad - Taluol album art K-Rad Taluol(CDr, Album) Not On Label (K-rAd Self-released) no number US 1999 Sell This Version
no number K-Rad - QQQQ album art K-Rad QQQQ(CDr, Album) Not On Label (K-rAd Self-released) no number US 2000 Sell This Version
SOPR005 K-Rad - Deli Mood Spot album art K-Rad Deli Mood Spot(CD, Album) Someoddpilot Records SOPR005 US 2002 Sell This Version
kcd020 K-Rad - Utlty album art K-Rad Utlty(CD) Not On Label (K-Rad Self-released) kcd020 USA & Canada 2004 Sell This Version
none K-Rad - Best Use of Old People [mix01] album art K-Rad Best Use of Old People [mix01](File, MP3, Mixed) Not On Label (K-rAd Self-released) none US 2016
No Number K-Rad - Rot Sea Worn Worms 2 album art K-Rad Rot Sea Worn Worms 2(CDr, Album) Not On Label (K-rAd Self-released) No Number US Unknown Sell This Version
1225221 9779 K-Rad - Lithograph album art K-Rad Lithograph(CDr, Album, Ltd) Not On Label (K-rAd Self-released) 1225221 9779 US Unknown Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

K1201 K-Rad - K1201 album art K-rAd K1201(12") padK-rAd K1201 US 2001 Sell This Version
CR-029 K-Rad - K1202 album art K-rAd K1202(12", EP, Ltd) Contact Records CR-029 US 2004 Sell This Version
KNO-001 K-Rad - KNO-001 album art K-Rad & Opcode66 K-Rad & Opcode66 - KNO-001(12") KNO KNO-001 US 2013 Sell This Version
K1203 K-Rad - K1203 album art K-rAd K1203(12") padK-rAd K1203 US 2015 Sell This Version
KNO-002 K-Rad - Miracle Of Engineering / Frankensynth Jam album art K-Rad & Opcode66 K-Rad & Opcode66 - Miracle Of Engineering / Frankensynth Jam(12", Ltd) KNO KNO-002 US 2016 Sell This Version
K1204 K-Rad - K1204 album art K-Rad, My Boy Elroy K-Rad, My Boy Elroy - K1204(12") padK-rAd K1204 US 2016 Sell This Version
KNO-003 K-Rad - KNO-003 album art K-Rad & Opcode66 K-Rad & Opcode66 - KNO-003(12", Ltd) KNO KNO-003 USA & Canada 2017 Sell This Version
BS01 K-Rad - Bursted Tones EP album art K-rAd Bursted Tones EP(12", EP) Better Sound BS01 Italy 2018 Sell This Version
K-Rad - MDS006 album art K-rAd* MDS006 Main Drain Studios Gulf Cooperation Council 2019 Sell This Version
K1205 K-Rad - Build Time album art K-rAd Build Time(12") padK-rAd K1205 US 2019 Sell This Version

Miscellaneous

none K-Rad The Way Shit Goes EP(CDr) Not On Label (K-Rad Self-released) none US 2007 Sell This Version
none K-rAd T12(File, MP3, 256) Not On Label (K-rAd Self-released) none US 2007

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