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Net Feature/ Suokas: "Candy_Man"

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Russia is by no means a terra incognita in terms of techno and minimal house. In fact, next to its huge creative potential in the drone, dark ambient and industrial sector, electronic dance music has been a firm favourite there for years. Its evolution is still growing, as more and more performers and musicians are taking things into their own hands. Sergey Suokas is one of them.

“A musician, designer, dj and producer” according to his own biography, Suokas has lived a double life between the worlds of fluid ambient structures and the immediate physicality of the club for the past few years. “Candy Man” keeps the tradition alive. Adding to the unhurriedly growing roster of Italian netlabel Silenzio, this is the complete opposite of the spacious meanderings of his “Slow” project.

On the four tracks of this EP, Suokas presents himself as a man without any false pretensions of reinventing the wheel. His music is marked by the obvious connotations of spartanic techno, relying on nothing more than a straight four to the floor beat, simple hihat chains and a couple of effects. Nothing matters here except rhythm and momentum; pieces aren’t necessarily goinf anywhere, instead trying to capture a particular thought as vididly as possible –even if it sometimes consists of nothing more than a single sound hammering away in the background.

On the other hand, “Candy Man” does have a noticeably personal handwriting. As much as a track like “Pantone” uses reverbed alluminium plate undulations and harsh metallic timbres to build up visions of huge halls and vast, barren spaces, its approach is always playful. There is a positive energy which runs through these short and poignant pieces, which keeps them from being nothing more than just cool body-movers.

The Jon Serber remix of the title track at the end is an exception in this regard, its nocturnal horrorvisions enriched by spiralling tissues of drone-fodder and grawling basses. It, too, however, keeps a sense of development by trying to move the music away from a trivial game of muting and fading individual elements and towards more organic arrangements. Not a spectacular release, but yet another sign that Russia’s voice in electronic music is getting richer and even more self-assured.


Homepage: Sergey Suokas
Homepage: Silenzio Netlabel

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