Ukrainian producer par excellence Vakula maintains his label hopping endeavours with this utterly essential drop on the newly minted Shevchenko label. Named in honour of the Ukrainian cultural icon Taras (as opposed to the one time free scoring forward Andrei) and rumoured to be closely affiliated with the Firecracker imprint upon which Vakula first came to our attention, it's a stellar first release that gives further credence to the growing opinion Vakula can do no wrong. "Mama Said Go Slow" is typical Vakula, twisting through various analogue passages across the course of the vinyl, the few constants being the gloopy subaqueous rhythms that occupy the nether regions along with what might just be a sample from one of Muhammed Al Fayed's favourite musicians and the hissing oscillations of percussion. The flipside sees Vakula indulge in some smudged out beatdown business on "Deaf World (Dub)" which draws you on a kaleidoscopic journey to the lower echelons of hypnotic, fluttering house music. Obvious sonic references to Detroit pervade the track but it's indelibly marked with the graceful Eastern European touch of Vakula. It proves to be a subtler yet equally potent example of the producer's lack of interest in traditional house music structures. Hopefully Vakula will continue to release music of this standard long after we run out of superlatives.
Girls Of The Internet, Bu$$ (bliq, Olympos), Flori, Ben Boe (Boe Recordings), Kone-R (Uncharted Audio), Dario Damerini, Alex Danilov, Ksoul, Ionik (Traveller Records, KGS), Mehdi, Martin Haberland, Roberto Rodriguez, Session Victim, M50, Frank Booker, Zoo Look, Vakula, Sai Aka Blend Architect, Chromatic Filters, Kastil (Soul Notes/Stale), Djs: Most Charted - Deep House, Audio Soul Project, Alex Jones, Amir Alexander
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