Backtracking with Lenzman
Sontag Shogun

Black Top
Apollo Brown
Jeff Burch
Anla Courtis
Federico Durand
William Ryan Fritch
Goldberg, Levy, Dobson
Mitch Greer
Hiss Tracts
Kabale Und Liebe
Inigo Kennedy
Moon Zero
James Murray
Never Sol
N. A. Drift / Northumbria
P.J. Philipson
Pjusk / Sleep Orchestra
PRISM Quartet
David Ross & Clive Bell
Bruno Sanfilippo
Snoqualmie Falls
Alexander Turnquist
Kojiro Umezaki
The Westerlies
Brock Van Wey

Compilations / Mixes
Platinum Breakz Vol 4

EPs / Cassettes / Mini-Albums / Singles
Blind EP1
Matt Boettke
Brandon Hurtado
Kolectiv, Dexta & Mauoq
John Lemke
Mako, DLR & Fields
Frederic Robinson
Summons of Shining...
Tone Color

Stephen Vitiello

Nuage: Paris Calling EP
Translation Recordings

Saint Petersburg, Russia-based Dmitry Kuzmin aka Nuage stands out from the electronic production crowd by being an exceptional talent in so many ways. His production skills are well-developed, his tracks impress for their remarkable craft, and he possesses a gifted melodic command, too. All such qualities are present and accounted for in his latest four-track EP for Translation Recordings, the digital-only release both the follow-up to last year's So Long EP and a teaser for his upcoming Prints of You full-length, due later this summer. Kuzmin's issued drum'n'bass material in the past, but the new EP's concentration is on house- and garage-flavoured tracks.

The title track ushers in the set with an ultra-vibrant slice of high-gloss garage replete with Rhodes chords, radiant synth and piano flourishes, synthetic string accents, and an infectiously grooving beat pattern—the only negative a vocal treatment that, sped up, possesses a rather cartoonish quality. Kuzmin chills the pace to a sultry degree for “You Something Special,” a seductive sparkler whose shuffling strut and soul vocalisms ooze no small amount of R'n'B flavour, and “Aura,” a deeply atmospheric and strings-enhanced riff on soulful house swing. The producer's affinity for luscious and maximal scene-painting carries over into the EP's final cut, “Out of Walls,” a resplendent plunge into synth-heavy house dazzle. It's a word, in fact, that could be used to refer to the Nuage sound in general, given the degree to which each track presents a dazzling blend of organic and electronic elements.

June 2014