“Prince Level Sex-Funky” NOISEY
“I wondered why he was using a severed deer head with diamanté eyes as a drinking receptacle, but hey, that’s just how Tickle Torture rolls.” -NOISEY
“He’s not afraid to gender bend and do so while sprayed in silver. Is he gay? Is he straight? Is he merely a hedonistic voyeur?” -NOISEY
“The arena-pop glory of Timberlake, the performative intensity of punk legends like Suicide and The Cramps, and the sexual majesty of Prince” -LA WEEKLY
“His shows are debauched extravaganzas of glitter, skin, Champagne, costumes, body paint, confetti canyons and electronic-infused glam funk” -LA WEEKLY
“He’s dedicated to making that show the best it can be, and he’s got the whip marks to prove it.” -LA WEEKLY
“New millennium dirty funk” -Owl Mag
“An infectious creation of trashy disco that is far too easy to enjoy. If you’re a fan of Scissor Sisters, then Tickle Torture would be right up your alley” -Acid Stag
“There’s heartache beneath the hypersexual dance-pop of Twin Cities one-man band Tickle Torture” -Star Tribune
“The tumultuous marriage of relentless funk and dance” -Star Tribune
Tickle Torture is the sex-pop soundtrack for a new generation of freaks.
His first EP, Spiritual Machete (2012), felt like catching Justin Timberlake and Prince fucking in a dumpster full of broken synthesizers. Equal parts electro funk and sleaze, his follow up EP Spectrophilia(2014) further expanded this sound, incorporating the influences of trashy disco, experimental hiphop production sensibilities, and 80’s synth drenched R&B classics to create a one of a kind maximalist assault. Recently relocating from Minneapolis to Los Angeles, one man producer, composer, engineer Elliott Kozel has just completed his debut full length LP Lovequake, which explores not just the giddy peaks of modern nightlife, but also the inherent sadness in the 4 am aftermath. Over the 3 years of writing and production, Kozel gathered his influences of early 80’s Chicago-House 12 inches, Egyptian Lover’s sleazed out electro-funk and Prince’s Purple Rain-era balladry into the kaleidoscopic record.
Tickle Torture’s legendary live shows are an intense stage production: half party, half performance art, with a cavalcade of back up dancers, confetti cannons, and video projections intent on enveloping the audience in a Studio 54-esque decadent fantasy. Tickle Torture’s ever evolving aesthetics and songwriting continue the hunt for emotional and spiritual deliverance in the darkest corners of the club, when the throbbing bass from the speakers reverberating in your chest and your own heartbeat feel like they are beating totally in sync.