Stanislav Tolkachev, a techno producer of Ukrainian descent, has four new tracks out on this 12” on Semantica. His style is an exciting one: after laying down the mandatory techno 4/4, he throws all sorts of interlocking clicks melodies and textures over the top, giving the tracks on Walk Along The Bottom the feel of some digital machine.
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- Walk Along The Bottom by Stanislav Tolkachev
9/10 Ant Staff review, 16 September 2015
Respected Ukrainian DJ/ producer Stanislav Tolkachev returns to Sverca’s Semantica label for four track 12” ‘Walk Along The Bottom'. Mike Parker plays this guy’s records which I would deem to be a pretty much the ultimate endorsement if you’re into proper decent fathoms deep techno. The amusingly titled ‘Unknown and Untitled’ is first off and has something of Surgeon / Robert Hood flavour happening. ‘In The Rays of The Artificial Sun’ disposes of beats replacing them with glorious layers of synth that mutate like plastic beams of light shooting from the skies and refracting through egyptian pyramids made of glass.
‘Song About My Neighbours’ is banging DJ tool techno with a seething acidic synth pulsating like shots from a military lazer canon. Mid-way a gargantuan kick drum drops in hi-hats provide some acceleration and then we’re off into hyperspace. ‘Dig Them Later’ reminds me of stuff Bandulu/ Space DJ’z guy Jamie Bissmire was doing on his Ground label back in 1997 but with the tempo down a few notches. Things get hyperactive with rhythms wriggling and intertwining-- becoming brilliantly intense, all the while this relentlessly monotonous bassline doing very little in theory just makes the whole thing chaotic... and at this point I think I’m going to actually explode. Maybe all those victims of spontaneous human combustion were actually listening to Stanislav Tolkachev.
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