AFX-schooled techno for adventurous DJs and listeners.
The same could actually be said of Flaty generally. Across different aliases, groups and labels, Evgenii Fadeev has been on a hot streak in recent years. Among his notable releases was an album as AEM Rhythm Cascade on Gost Zvuk (a label that seems to share his curious mindset) that was charming, adventerous and mostly house and techno. Spend some time with his discography, though, and you'll discover an artist who might sound like Actress, Dean Blunt or Traumprinz from release to release, a chameleonic approach that he mostly nails. There's perhaps an alternate reality out there in which Fadeev is signed to Planet Mu or Warp and is widely hailed as a gifted, versatile producer. For now, it seems he'll continue releasing ear-catching projects like Generic TARGZ and building a word-of-mouth reputation.
Fadeev creates a false sense of security in the album's opening stages, sequencing three relatively straight club tracks before unleashing bedlam. "Elevation" majestically opens things—the strings and pads are as lovely as the beats and synths are icy. When it arrives, then, the post-Aphex freakout of "Thread" is explosive, though it's a move Fadeev foreshadows through the use of extreme effects settings earlier on. The also bonkers "Horn Of Plenty" is contrasted by "Praaai" and "Key Keeper," tracks whose melodies could be influenced by sino grime or RPG soundtracks. And that's pretty much it. Generic TARGZ offers a brief moment of ambient beauty ("Pokrov") and then closes after 31 minutes. Too short? Perhaps. But the album's length and musical immediacy make it a strong introduction to the world Evgenii is building.