Deneb - very bright a star in constellation of the Swan which under the form reminds a cross extended along a silvery strip the Milky Way. On nature Deneb - the star - giant of the white color appropriate to temperature of a surface about 10 000 To. It radiates in 6000 times more energy, than our Sun, his diameter in 35 times more, than at the Sun.
This is just the second release by the up and coming Chelyabinsk’s Dars Records, but it already promises good things to come. They’ve managed to attract several renowned Russian electronica names, along with undiscovered and lesser known talent. This album offers an overview of the current Eastern European electronic scene that is well alive and clicking.
The CD kicks off with Parable - spacey minimal piece by Andrey Kiritchenko, the Ukrainian artist known for his releases on Ad Noiseam and running his own label Nexsound. This is followed by EU’s beautiful mutation named Turn, with light melodic bells coming out of the darkness and bringing peace and harmony. The same dreamy mood carries on into the next track by Clapan, young and promising artist from Krasnodar. Then Fizzarum follow with their masterful manipulation of sounds and rhythms. Things become more aggressive and distorted with ILI’s Soft Denebing - postindustrial factory in action.
It’s hard to ignore a single piece of this CD – all the tracks are very special provoking a range of emotions and feelings. Music of Deneb.2099 is a solid collection filled with quality tracks from old trusted names, as well as offering a good opportunity to explore new artists who’ll form the digital landscape of tomorrow.
Igloo Magazine review:
Showcasing the frontier of Russian electronic music, Dars Records' Music of Deneb.2099 is a collection of sixteen soft-glitch electronic tracks that bubble and chatter on the polyrhythmic side of the electronic arena while keeping to a more sedate and temperate BPM (naturally, as soon as I make that sweeping statement, Ili's "Soft Denebing" thumbs its nose at me with its aggressive M3rck-ian programming). Andrey Kiritchenko's "Parable" is a textured elegy of fragile glitch and this track from his 2003 Ad Noiseam release Kniga Skazok sets the stage and both Eu and Navagua explore similar terrain with their contributions.
Enegwai's "Flikker" is a thousand-fingered collision of acoustic guitar and particle electronics, a finger-picked hum of live strings that fights the confines of a drum loop, struggling to find its own melodic pace outside the rigid techno thump of the mechanical beat. It's an unusual track that makes up for its lack of toe-tapping rhythm with its fascinating sprawl of sound. Syntetika's "Wetrax (drum edit)" layers pure melodic tones against soft-edged percussion (nearly world music in their timbre and texture) with such sweeping simplicity that it settles an ache in my chest. Stud's "7-2-4-4" warps piano, guitar, drum kit and a swooping electronic bird call from a gentle call-and-response melody into a stuttering mélange of sound that finally turns itself inside out, throwing its percussive guts all over the room for a few moments before regaining control and gracefully exiting stage left.
Soutien Gorge's emoticon track stirs rather human emotions in me, reaching down into my chest with its solid beats and bubbling analog melody and, finding the last vestige of youthful innocence left, pulls it out through my nose and tosses it aloft so that it can float above my head in the light wind stirred up by Soutien Gorge's lithe programming. Nightech mines the same vein with "Positiva on Arrioph" with a more stoic drum beat and a richer gloss to the ambient tones.
Splendid magazine review:
Despite being a collection of Russian-made electronic music, Music of Deneb.2099 sounds distinctly British, primarily due to the massive debt these sixteen artists owe to Richard James (Aphex Twin). As one of the genre's most recognizable names, James makes all too easy a reference point for listeners unfamiliar with quirky bedroom electronica, but in this case there's no denying the resemblance. Consider Clapan's "My Laptop and His Dream", which clearly apes James's tendency to combine off-kilter rhythmic patterns with fey high-end. On "Tond3", Fizzarum's use of static clicks mimics James's penchant for working atonal sound sources in such a way that they begin to provide an actual melody.
On the bright side, this gang of Russians does Aphex Twin better than James himself has done in several years. Their compositions have all the glitchy charm that made James's many musical incarnations so endearing, and because the various musicians borrow from different aspects of his repertoire, the compilation avoids the sort of overwhelming creative tunnel-vision that made Drukqs a bit of a slog. The shared inspiration enhances the album's success, making for an unusually cohesive compilation. Music of Deneb.2099 sounds more Cornwall than Kremlin, but you'll be too busy enjoying it to care where it came from.
You may not associate Russia with a burgeoning electronic music scene but you'd be wrong. The Dars label have two great compilations of Russian electronic music entitled 'Music Of Deneb.2099' and 'Slavosonic' Both are really cool little snapshots of this underground subculture. You can hear some of the influences here but more apparent is the influence of the environment. Sure, there are warm electronica moments on here but the overall feel is cold and dark and there is a feeling of alienation running through some of the tracks. I'm not familiar with any of the artists on these but I must say they are all accomplished, talented producers. Featuring Eu, Clapan, Hdj Tom, Add, Nole Plastique, Zavoloka, AA1, Indu Mezu, Cellar Door, Lazyfish etc. Well worth checking out I'd say. Long live the underground.