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Monokle – Backwash


Whereas the first track from Monokle’s second album wandered off into the night alongside the melancholic vocals of Russian singer Milina, the Ki Records producer now moves from a moody intro to more of a scattershot dance track. On “Backwash” the St Petersburg born artist focuses on the club oriented side of his productions and delivers an after-hours gem ready to keep the dance-floor moving and dreaming. Here’s what Monokle (AKA Vlad Kudryavtsev) had to say about it:

I wrote this album for about a year. This music is probably a little different from my previous works but the overall theme as always are melancholic melodies, ambient, noise, bouncy rhythms, and beautiful vocals. Most of the album was recorded in a village in the very north of Russia. I moved here recently from St. Petersburg and decided to stay for a while and soak in the very special atmosphere of this place. On some of the tracks my good friend and collaborator Milinal helped with the production and also lent me his voice, for which I am very grateful to him.

New album “Rings” out 14th September 2015 on Ki Records.

Monokle – Rings LP


Russia might not be the epicenter of electronic music from a western point of view but German label Ki records like to spread it’s ears worldwide, searching for unique sounds and producers. Back in 2012 they discovered Vlad Kudryavtsev aka Monokle who appeared on the labels catalogue with his critically acclaimed “Saints”.

Taking inspiration from turn-of-the-20th-century composer Erik Satie, Monokle pairs dreamy ambience with fluttering beats, glorious soundscapes and glitchy bass. Two years after “Saints” he returns with a new album on Ki Records titled “Rings.” Lead single “Calypt” fully reveals Monokle’s talents as a songwriter and features the vocals of his close friend Milinal, whose vocals glide over a shimmering bed of acoustics and organic beats.

Album opener “Rouse” combines a timpany-esque melody and ghostly vocals with spheric sounds, whereas tracks like “Backwash” see the St Petersburg born producer focus more on the club oriented side of his productions and deliver an after-hours gem ready to keep the dance-floor moving and dreaming. With it’s dazzling blend of melodic electronica, gauzy ambience and skittering beats,Monokle’s “Rings” follows on from “Saints” seamlessly as another finely crafted masterpiece for Ki’s growing discography.

1.  Rouse
2.  Calypt (feat. Milinal)
3.  Umbriel
4.  Blew (feat. Gala Ga)
5.  Backwash
6.  Loss
7.  Neon Sign
8.  Holytin
9.  Kay
10. Borealis
11. Radiant Pieces (feat. Milinal)

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