Rekord 61 – Vostok
Label: KonstruktivRelease: July 2014
Russian producer Rekord 61 first came to our attention recently thanks to his work at his own Konstruktiv label, most notably the cracking Polyus EP, which came primed with a magnificent remix from techno golden boy, Perc. And on his latest, Vostok, he successfully turns up the heat with an acid-inspired workout that’s tailor-made for the night’s darker and more deranged moments.
The original offers an early case in point. A groover of some distinction, its bottom end is hollowed out by a slew of shuffling percussion and a distinctive melody line that brings a real sense of poignancy to the table. By the time the intensity is racked up a notch, it’s really got us moving, making it the prime sort of track for Spencer Parker to remix.
The man himself been in fine fettle of late, and his ‘Workmix’ is a considered take on the original. Fuelled by emotive chords and enchanting acid lines, it sticks to the script but does so in a manner that’s entirely in keeping with Parker’s own likeliness for similar tropes. The EP is then rounded off with Rekord 61’s ‘Razbeg’, a discerning and haunting slice of Berghain-style techno that’s not for the feint of heart. This is simply racking stuff from all parties involved.