Stanislav Tolkachev – Up The Steel Stairway [RYCL014]

TOLKACHEV, Stanislav - Up The Steel Stairway

Ukrainian don Stanislav Tolkachev resurfaces with his debut solo four-tracker for Reclaim Your City. Not quite swerving from the sonic pathway his name has become synonymous with over the years, ever so alien and transporting, Tolkachev’s latest boasts the very exact qualities that have made his sound stand out from others, earning him a constantly growing crowd of heirs and imitators along the way. Breaking the trip in, ‘Up The Steel Stairway’ sets the tone for the EP without further ado. Sniping hails of steadily frantic, arpeggiated synth chords and puncturing kick drums that’ll have you dancing like one rolls with the punches, Tolkachev sails into the eye of the cyclone all guns blazing. Lacking no pounding heft either, ‘The Less You Know’ slits a way open into your head through a carefully dissonant symbiosis of corrosive synth lines and octave-shifting bass gone astray. On-the-edge techno at its rowdiest, most mentally challenging. Flip the coin and here comes the deranged, trouble-brewing ‘One More To Go’. Cranking the mind-bogglingness a notch further, this one bulldozers its way past all sanity thresholds without blinking. Final number ‘The Way To The After’ tops it off in more straightforward but equally immersive fashion. Plunging us in a submerged chamber of sorts, where heavily verbed-out synth flexions entangle along tranquilly ascending pads, progressively dissolving in inert pools of FX-charged bleach and slo-dripping dub venom.

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Stanislav Tolkachev – Up The Steel Stairway [RYCL014]

Stanislav Tolkachev – Be Careful & Nobody Dies [SEM112]

“Be Careful And Nobody Dies” is Stanislav Tolkachev’s first release of 2020 and debut for Spanish imprint Semantica. Super nice versatile EP with a stunning electro cut (the title track) and some sick adventurous techno tunes.

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Stanislav Tolkachev – Be Careful & Nobody Dies [SEM112]

Stanislav Tolkachev – It Will Be Too Late Then [KRL012]

Stanislav Tolkachev is releasing a new double-LP through Krill Music called “It Will Be Too Late Then”. The Ukrainian techno artist says he made the album by assembling tracks recorded over a three-year period, and he notes somewhat cryptically, ”I think this record represents a phase.” As with most of Tolkachev’s releases, the album will feature his own visual art on the cover. He previously appeared on Krill Music with a track on a sampler 12-inch nearly two years ago. Krill Music, a Berlin-based label originally founded six years ago in Buenos Aires, is having it pressed in Argentina to support ”the growth of the Latin American vinyl industry.”

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Stanislav Tolkachev – It Will Be Too Late Then [KRL012]

VA – Raw Raw #12 [RRR012]

Ukrainian techno stable Raw Raw has pushed the boat out on this 12th release, in the process delivering a double-pack full of tried-and-tested dancefloor movements. Amongst the eight tracks you’ll find numerous highlights, including the distorted drums and Drexciyan melodies of Sleeparvhive’s “Hide”, the kick-drum driven alien funk intensity of Eric Fletcher’s “Transcendent Wisdom”, and the energy-packed hypnotism of Joton’s “Diagram”, which comes on like Brown Album-era Orbital dragged kicking and screaming through Berghain at eight in the morning. Best of all, though, is the TB-303 driven techno psychedelia of Petter B’s “Isgrus”, which is almost capable of triggering vivid dancefloor hallucinations.

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VA – Raw Raw #12 [RRR012]

VA – GPH021 [GPH021]

Geophone returns with a four track various artists EP curated by the label boss Mike Parker. The A side begins with new artist Eastern Renaissance, who delivers a melodic and acidic dreamscape in classic form. Mike Parker continues this science fictional atmosphere with his contribution, Night of 21 Hours with whirling analogue sequences that remind us of flying saucers and outer space. The B side moves in a harder direction with Echologists buzzing and bleeping syncopations backed with heavy drum programming. The always surprising Stanislav Tolkachev concludes the EP with a track that pushes the boundaries, reflecting his unique interpretation of techno music.

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VA – GPH021 [GPH021]

Developer / Stanislav Tolkachev – Observance [INKBLOTS001]

Inkblots Records presents their first release with tracks from Developer and Stanislav Tolkachev. On Side A, Developer focuses on sight and offers Observance and Brightly Dark, in order to make you look at daily things in a different way. On Side B, Stanislav Tolkachev hits your stomach with Raw1, like a butterfly fist into darkness. Raw2 punches your ears and brings your mind to pointed frequencies and a twisted mind trip.

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Developer / Stanislav Tolkachev – Observance [INKBLOTS001]

Yuka / Stanislav Tolkachev ‎– Little Chemistry [FULLPANDA019]

A new Full Panda release has landed. This collaboration between Yuka and Stanislav Tolkachev starts off with “Element X”, a perplexing frenzy of melting bass lines and squawking melodies which mould to create a strange journey into outer space. “Chlorum” gives the impression of a chemical substance both in name and in tone, where filtered, tinny sounds are moved forwards by a hefty bass drum. There’s no mercy over on the flip, with “Self-Renewal” and its militant use of reverbs, delays and growls; but things turn truly bizarre on “Hexapoda”, another medley of phantasmal melodies and disjointed beats. Impeccable arrangements from this otherworldly label.

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Yuka / Stanislav Tolkachev ‎– Little Chemistry [FULLPANDA019]

Developer & Stavislav Tolkachev – Part Two [MODULARZ008.2]

Cover art - Developer & Stavislav Tolkachev: Part Two

The second installment in Developer’s July emissions. “Dirty Drive” sees Developer stretching to work a melody into his machinery, coming out with a metallic dub chord drowning in its own echo, while “Dirty Drive 2” adds some complexity to the musicality and creates an utterly engrossing hook in the process. Shifted’s remix keeps a careful distance between the clean beat and the murky textures of the dubby elements, but for a real lesson in refined techno composition head straight to Stanislav Tokachev’s “Building Peaks”. Simplicity doesn’t come more captivating than that synth line.

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Developer & Stavislav Tolkachev – Part Two [MODULARZ008.2]