Sunday, 25 September 2011
Recommended music: 'Birds Swirl EP' by Monokle
Six tracks of electronica from another part of the world...hailing from Russia, producer and artist Vlad Kudryavstev has created a beguiling EP that would be at home on anyone's turntable. To complete the worldwide attraction, the sleeve has been designed by Chilean photographer and designer Matias Montecinos, proving that art and music can pass through any boundaries.
The gritty production is tempered with some hazy, psychedelic sounds but also matched with some heavy beats and bass. At times almost trip-hop, at others verging on dubstep, the components combine to create a genre-free ecstatic sound. In part I think this is due to the instrumentation - as well as keyboards there are regular swathes of guitar that cut through the synths, and the rhythms are equally split between synthetic and organic.
It's hard to pick a favourite track as they work so well as an ensemble - perfect for stoned sundowners or still-partying sunrisers. There's much promise on display here, and I hope we don't have to wait too long for a full album.
You can listen to the EP below.