Zabelin's latest signing, like Unbroken Dub, is an established artist known for something a little different. Ivan Erofeev, a Siberian living in Moscow, has spent most of the '10s plotting a course from bubbly electronica into kitsch lo-fi house under the name Aleph. Now working under his own name, Erofeev has found a simple but distinctive slant on the through-the-techno-looking-glass aesthetic shared by his peers.
If these tracks were a minute or two longer, and a little more sculpted, they would be excellent late night prang-outs. "Tribe," in particular, begs expansion—its subzero bleep melody steals past in a tantalising three-and-a-half minutes. The wonky twilit vibe is expanded on "Abdumanob," which features a choir of sampled voices hissing and then shouting rhythmic phonemes. "Bed Of Honour" lacks such a striking hook, and tries to compensate with tired-sounding synths. The EP's second half tips from grubby into properly lo-fi. "Resin" is the best of these redlining rompers, thanks to its more developed structure, where a spidery piano riff gives way to spacier sections punctuated by sour chord stabs. "Caucasus" is also solid, a slyly funky assemblage of synth smears and deft hi-hats. On "Aerograd," Erofeev once again loses his way. After all, he's still getting oriented in the techno world.