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September 2015
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Three years after his breakthrough with his album Saints, St. Petersburg’s Vlad Kudryavtsev returns to Hamburg’s Ki Records with his Monokle project. Rings, his second full-length for the label, features guest vocal performances by long-time collaborator Milinal and Moscow-based singer Gala Ga. Taking melancholic cues from its predecessor, it’s actually the instrumentals that live up to his earlier success: the progressiveness of the post-dubstep era hovers over the arrangements, which are largely driven by its propulsive, galloping rhythms.The vocal fragments and Four Tet-y synths of 'Loss’ initiate a nocturnal ambience. Throughout, Kudryavtsev sets the scene with injections of a densely layered ambient haze, interrupted by arpeggios of mallets, oscillating hymnal harmonies (‘Kay’), sharp cymbals cutting through lo-fi mechanic percussion (‘Holytin’).

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  1. 1 Rouse 2:55 Monokle Buy
  2. 2 Calypt (feat. Milinal) 4:35 Monokle Buy
  3. 3 Umbriel 4:25 Monokle Buy
  4. 4 Blew (feat. Gala Ga) 4:26 Monokle Buy
  5. 5 Backwash 5:35 Monokle Buy
  6. 6 Loss 2:52 Monokle Buy
  7. 7 Neon Sign 4:48 Monokle Buy
  8. 8 Holytin 5:58 Monokle Buy
  9. 9 Kay 2:17 Monokle Buy
  10. 10 Borealis 4:47 Monokle Buy
  11. 11 Radiant Pieces (feat. Milinal) 2:44 Monokle Buy


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