Absolute madness on this one. Delivering the soundtrack to another Gosha Rubchinskiy runway show, RASSVET Records founder Pavel Milyakov (AKA Buttechno) delicately explores tirelessly inclining, heady trance loops and a pileup of neon rave chords, fragmenting them into slivers which are then coiled into weird, jarring, moody frenetic loops; a concertina of refined rave tropes which knot or catch, like an accidental locked groove or unwitting thread caught on a branch, then sent spiralling up towards lilac clouds with the gate of Lorenzo Senni or Lanark Artefax. Rubchinskiy’s show was set in a venue known for housing early illegal raves in Russia in the ’90s, Milyakov’s deconstructed trance experiments a perfect match for the post-Soviet streetwear which the designer nods to in his work.
The big dancefloor cut however comes with B A D, gifted to us here. It’s loud, skittering, and barely compressed, landing somewhere between industrial, Eastern Bloc techno and the rude, dub-edged UK sound.
Eastern Strike is out soon on RASSVET Records – pre-order the vinyl here.