Review: The second 12" on Moscow-based mystery label Private Persons comes from Youngg P, a Ukraine-based DJ/producer whose debut release dropped on Kiev House a couple of years back. On the four tracks showcased here, he shows a good grasp of analogue house and techno dynamics. "Carpathian Rave" is a quirky, off-kilter jacker rich in buzzing electronics, liquid acid riffs and bustling house percussion, while "Ocean" fits the stargazing electronics of vintage Motor City techno to the saucer-eyed melodiousness of vintage Italian deep house. Meanwhile, creepy flipside "War" sounds like it was inspired by a mix of L.I.E.S style distorted techno and 1980s industrial funk. As for closer "Masher Track", it's a full-throated exploration of clanking, drum machine techno.
Review: Back in the summer, XAN made his debut on Ron Wilson's 777 imprint via a forthright but pleasingly varied EP full of subtle techno variations. This follow-up for Private Persons is seemingly inclined, moving from the gut-twisted sub-bass pulses, starburst electronics and curious drum machine programming of "PP", to the skittish, breakbeat-driven lo-fi techno assault of "B2B". In between, the publicity-shy, Moscow-based producer variously turns his hand to loose-and-funky, bass-heavy broken techno ("Gallery"), metallic electro ("C") and swinging, intelligent techno influenced late night science ("Hotbed"). Throughout, the tracks retain an impressively atmospheric feel and speaker-bothering weightiness.
Review: Russian imprint Private Persons are back, following up some terrific releases by the likes of Florian Kupfer, Jensen Interceptor and Locked Club. Taking over the reins this time is one of the more enigmatic figures in the Moscow music scene - Art Crime. He serves up some dusty and emotive deep house on his latest long player entitled Memoirs of Naive - a collection of old/previously unreleased songs written over the last five years, and described by the label as 'melancholic late-night bedroom diaries full of reflections and hopes.' Highlights include the evocative opener "Seoul", the chilling ambient interlude "Dearth" and the bittersweet melancholia of "Images Of You" that's just perfect for all the solitary dancers out there.
Review: It would be fair to say that Netherlands-based Potuguese producer Lake Haze (real name Goncalo Salgado) has released music on some impressive labels over the years. His bulging discography boasts appearances on Creme Organization, E-Beamz, Unknown To The Unknown, Shall Not Fade, and now Private Persons. In keeping with the latter label's raw and forthright vibe, title track "Atomic Label" is a sparkling slab of Kraftwerkian electro blessed with notable percussive and low-end weight. "Brain Hack" sees Salgado pepper another rolling electro rhythm with trance-like stabs and sci-fi melodies, while "Moscow Forever" sees him take a more foreboding, creepy and paranoid musical stance. Finally, "Laniaka" is a raw, pitched-down electro treat laden with vibrant, alien electronics.