Having launched in fine style with the crazed Moodymann meets Dance Mania genius of Bakey USTL, Firecracker's Unthank offshoot keeps the focus squarely on Eastern Europe with some equally fine productions from a more celebrated entity. If this year is going to be dedicated to anyone, Ukraine's favourite son must surely be on the list - treating our ears and your hips to a veritable bounty of expert releases on numerous labels of high repute - Dekmantel, 3rd Strike and Ethereal Sounds to name but three. Anyone who has indulged in just one of the aforementioned releases should need no prompting to check this ten inch - with Vakula drawing on a surfeit of influences such as AFX, Claro Intelecto and DBX across the three untitled tracks. The A Side is where the deepness lies whilst the flip contains an expansive deviation into subaqueous, stripped down, hypnotic minimalism. Don't be expecting "A Tender Place" Mk2 but do expect to be seriously impressed.
Owen Jay, Girls Of The Internet, Vidis, Domenic Cappello, Red Rack'em/Hot Coins, Flori, Ste Roberts, Gaetano Battista, Dario Damerini, Deetron, Ksoul, Wes [Cutloose :: Manchester], Mehdi, Jefferson Velazquez, Dairmount (Room With A View), M50, Juno Recommends Deep House, Lwazi Koom, Vakula, Sai Aka Blend Architect, Huxley, Lord Of The Isles, MARCOS CABRAL, Nick Lawson, Djs: Most Charted - Deep House, Fantastic Man
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