It's cold winter in the East of Russia. In Siberia, a far and away land where polar bears freely roam the streets of frozen industrial cities, two guys paint cold, cosmic, digital landscapes on their little machines. The name is Demokracy and they will soon release their first single off the forthcoming EP. Wintermute featuring remixes by Bass Science, Montgomery Clunk and Dies Irae drops on 21 Jan 2011 exclusively on Beatport and officially on 25 Feb 2011 all over the interweb, on one of the most forward-looking labels Robox Neotech. Wintermute is a nicely rolling, cold bastard of a track. It sounds as if created from samples taken out of a psychodelic 60's Sci-Fi movie taking place on some distant, frozen planet where life-giving rays of the nearest sun are just a fading memory. But there is hope, yeah there is still some hope left. Bass Science treated the original with heavy bass and seriously distorted bleeps and beeps mixing in very nice ravey build-ups. I really dig this tune. Monty Clunk brought the original into yet another level of clunkiness :) riding on silly beat and properly chopped voice samples (these voice samples sound like Burial on DMT). Monty Clunk's rechop makes me smile wide and imagine doing totally stupid things earning looks of disapproval from the strangers on the street : ) I have to play this tune to my kids to see their reaction :) The definite higlight of this release for me! Dies Irae remix (which you can grab for free below) transformed Wintermute into slowed down acid joint burning holes in your brain with mesmarizing subs and glitched basslines.
All in all great music to start off another amazing year :)
Demokracy - Wintermute (Dies Irae Remix)
rbxsp19 - Demokracy - Wintermute by Robox Neotech
But, hey Wintermute single is just a teaser. Thanx God, good mechanics from Robox Neotech are already warming up their circuitry for the digital release of proper EP Double Star (release dates: 12 feb 2011 @ exclusive on beatport, 8 march 2011@ all ur mp3 dealers) featuring more cosmic shit from Demokracy. They even put up a preview on their soundcloud:
Demokracy - Double Star Ep - Rbxep20 by Robox Neotech
What is more, this will be followed by Double Star EP Remixes, incl. rmxes by Zet., Coco Bryce, Bass Science, Montgomery Clunk, Doshy, Stagga and more. Can't wait! .
The title track Double Star is the essence of Demokracy for me, showing their trademark, fluid and 'talking' synths and great rhytmic sections with analog drums and pads! And the melody! Well, they know how to tell 'stories' with their music, how to build full-fledged compositions or cut voice samples. The music you will never be bored with, eclectic, following its own path and what is equally important - with serious banger potential. When I listen to Demokracy in my car I nod and swerve my head like crazy ha ha. Double Star also features the mighty Searchlight which was in top-5 of my tracks in 2010, but this time with added great vocals by Didjelirium (whom you might remember from collaborations with Doshy). WOW! And I thought this tune could not have been better. There is also another, fat, dark and enchanting roller I heard before - Zeroth Law. I simply love these synths, smacking you across the ears with raw power, yet at the same time spreading strange warmth on your synapses. Fuck, I know I am starting to sound bombastic but this is how I respond and evaluate this type of music - on a visceral rather than cerebral level. Deadhead shows the most Skwee face of Demokracy with a totally amazing intro and siiiiiiiiiiick drops. I don't know what are their drinking or eating habits over there in Siberia, but I want the same. Pronto! Then, the artists take the listeners to the Zone full of 8-bit bleeps, crazy button improvisations, cut-up voice samples and drilling bass in a kind of broken beat frenzy. Voight Kampff is a pure mechanical beauty and the beast, lots of spacey synths and ultra heavy bass - the Daft Punk of the future. Awesome!
Double Star EP is the type of contemporary, mutant electronic music I wish to hear more in 2011. Don't sleep on Demokracy peeps. The new star is being born ...
DOKTOR KRANK'S RELEASE OF THE MONTH 10 out of 10***