Vakula Vinyl, CD & tapes from this artist at Norman Records
The only sensible way to celebrate a decade of putting out records is to… put out records! That’s what Dekmantel are doing: in fact, they are doing a series of ten EPs this year! This is the first edition, featuring exclusive and propulsive cuts from Gigi Masin, Roman Flügel and Vakula. Dekmantel 10 Years 01 is a 12” housed in colour-printed inner sleeve and glossy-printed outer sleeve.
Vakula’s first release on his own Leleka imprint since 2015 sees him going for a sort of spiritual ambient thing. It’s pretty good, too. Entries like opener ‘Smooth Movement’ and ‘Tale of the Eternal Thought’ coast along on winking grooves that have their roots in tropicalia. Atop this Vakula layers rainforest ambiences, tuned percussion melodies reminiscent of Crash Bandicoot and some quasi-Ras G mysticism.
Back on his own imprint is jack-of-all-trades Vakula, who takes a brief break from giant 3xLP cosmic journeys to provide you with a few more danceable and concise cosmic journeys. Sort of danceable, anyway, these ones sounding a lot more dubbed-out than others like Bandura002. Fans of Jan Jelinek, Deepchord and 'Immersive Vakula vibes' take note.
Ukraine’s Vakula channels the spirits of Detroit on this soulful slice of modernist techno. B, on 12” vinyl from Bandura, refines Vakula’s ambient sound with spaced out dub elements and kosmische synthesizer flourishes. The result is four tracks of deep-sea techno for underwater raves.
Many strong 12”s into his career, Ukrainian producer Vakula now goes the whole hog with a sprawling 14 track triple-LP album. As the grand title Cyclicality Between Procyon and Gomeisa suggests, this isn’t just a pile of bangers (although some bangers are certainly included): rather, Vakula takes a personal journey through the wondrous array of electronic music. On Dekmantel.
Dense and intense electronics from Ukrainian producer Vakula. This artist has built a reputation on minimal deep house grooves, but on Modulations that is all forgotten in a blur of grand, cinematic techno that nods to sound art and drone more than Detroit. This vinyl 12” has been pressed by Arma.
Ukranian house artist Vakula seems to be a big fan of Doors man Jim Morrison, with this record being dedicated to him. Dedicated To Jim Morrison makes an interesting left turn for the producer, being less of a straight house affair: this features spoken poetry and a general bluesy vibe. LP on Leleka.
Based on a 1920 story by David Lindsay, Voyage to Arcturus regales and accompanies the journey of a man to the Arctic. Released on massive 3xLP, this record covers the gamut of the possibilities of house music, with Vakula on a trip of his own through the desolate and beautiful potential of the genre.
Vakula's esoteric house excursions go on a new adventure on 'Ukranian Landscape', a five track EP that chronicles the sounds and traditions of his home country. There are all the usual influences, with dub additives and funk vibes, but at the heart of it all is Vakula's affectionate tribute to Ukraine.
Do you know that feeling when the clock hits 23:30, you’re dressed to the nines and you walk in on a party on a patio, somewhere along the Italian coast? Nobody’s dancing, but everybody turns and they’re impressed with how you look? Neither do I, but with Vakula’s new 12” deep house release, I can finally live the dream.