Leleka Vinyl, CD & tapes from this label at Norman Records
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.
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.