Monokle Rings on LP
Russian producer – and graduated psychologist – Vlad Kudryavtsev aka Monokle realizes that his home country might not be the epicenter of electronic music, but lucky for him, German label Ki Records likes to spread out it's ears worldwide searching for unique music and producers. That's how it happened back in 2012, when he released his critically acclaimed Ki Records debut Saints. Marked by his upbringing on early IDM and glitch releases on Warp Records, he established his voice by weaving in elements of ambient and drone for a truly singular debut.
Now Monokle returns on Ki Records with 2015's Rings, his new full-length album due out in September 2015. For the new album, Vlad got rid of all static listening and producing structures and opted to go his own more freeform way. Like his debut LP, his influences can be heard throughout, but this time around, many of these influences can he heard more as sound fragments with a truly kaleidoscopic point of view. These fragments unite, get torn apart, and in the end melt together again.
For the last two years, Monokle stayed busy creating these eleven new tracks and in the process, he got support from other personalities in the flourishing Russian electronic music scene for the album as well. His close friend and partner-in-crime, Milinal, who also made a remix for the last album, lends his vocal talents to both "Calypt" and "Radiant Places," the album closer. Also another Ki Records family member, the Moscow based vocalist Gala Ga (lead singer of the band Aanbreken), is featured on the song "Blow."
The album opens with "Rouse," combining a timpany-esque melody and ghostly vocals with a spheric bed of sounds. In "Backwash," Monokle focuses more on the dance-floor oriented side of his productions and delivers a perfect late night track with sites focused squarely on the dance floor. "Holytin" feels like a track that was made for Ki, letting melancholic sounds help us life's more mundane elements and takes us into a better world.