The rising Russian producer's latest LP puts a vibrant spin on house and techno.
Gost Zvuk's latest LP, from the St. Petersburg artist Evgenii Fadeev (often known as Flaty but appearing here as AEM Rhythm Cascade), sits between those two extremes, demonstrating the label's broad scope. Fadeev wields several styles with confidence across the record. "Mimicore" has an electro-like energy. "Spiral" renders minimal and glitch in tasteful ways. "Partial Presence" has a half-step motion about it.
The house tracks, though, hold the album together. "Plaksa" is everything you'd want out of a 7 AM club closer, and reflects the core sound of the Gost Zvuk catalogue. If tracks like "Plaksa" and "L-Expo" form Litie's spine, subtle experimental tangents take the record up several gears. "Orange" is beatless techno with jazzy keys and wailing harmonies. The closer, "Emulsiya," further strips things away and explores ambient textures and loose rhythms. It's these little surprises that make the LP so compelling.
This is how Fadeev has worked on his past releases. His clever full-length New Suggestions never rested on one theme yet remained absorbing, while his dreamy 12th Isle release with Dices touched on house, ambient and experimental styles. On Litie, the Russian producer strikes out on his own with equally impressive results.