Premiere: Vtgnike – Dubna

Reclusive Russian artist...

Electronic music is now a global language, filtering into cultures across the planet.

Freshly exposed to Western dance music, Russia is beginning to produce a distinctive, idiosyncratic electronic community of its own.

Reclusive Moscovite Vtgnike – pronounced 'Vintage Nike' – has released a handful of tracks, each pulling at the more cerebral, open-ended legacy of Detroit techno.

Working with Russian label RAD, Vtgnike swiftly caught the attention of Nicolas Jaar who signed the producer to his own Other Peoples imprint.

Carefully bringing his debut full length 'Dubna' into focus, the results are down tempo, sample-heavy and incredibly evocative.

Crisp fragments of electronics are scattered against brittle percussive effects which smash and splinter in your headphones, with Vtgnike managing to impact a real sense of identity on the often left-field, experimental music.

Gathering into evocative, emotive highs, 'Dubna' swiftly collapses into exploratory realms, with its continual push-and-pull and drawing you further and further into its web.

Out on February 17th, you can purchase the album via the Other People website.

Listen to 'Dubna' first on Clash.

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