8/10 Mike Staff review, 13 February 2014
Here's an LP from Moscow's VTGNIKE (pronounced "Vintage Nike"), who also performs under the moniker Myown. It's got nine tracks of blurry and hard to pigeonhole electronica and swampy techno, the beats are often submerged, flickering away in the distance underneath clouds of neon synths and smudgily reverbed and echoed vocal samples. It starts out almost ambient, a blurry drift with vocals and shuffling beats buried deep in womby slowed-down wooze. It made me question whether I had the record on the right speed until I reached the second track, 'Campaign Refix', which brings the clicky, stuttering beats into the foreground alongside a simple, juddering synth line, then 'Jimmy Dub' is a weird crackly rhythmic loop with arcing drones and little buried melodic touches which is reminding me of Forest Swords.
By the end of the first side we're in overtly danceable territory with the hypnotic loop-out of 'Panarama Bar Shitt' sending me into a weird trance like Clams Casino colliding with the Factory Floor. Time is short so I won't give you a blow-by-blow of the other side too but rest assured it's just as woozy and head-nodding as the first. Particularly enjoying the disconnected rhythms and harp samples of closer 'Untitled' but this is all very well realised post-driftstep business with a chilly Russian edge. Cool.
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