First announced over 15 months ago, Firecracker finally come through with You've Never Been To Konotop (Selected Works 2009-2012) a rather finely presented collection of tracks from the self styled 'Slavic Spiritual Warrior" Vakula. The main recording alias of Ukrainian Mikhaylo Vityk, Vakula first emerged in 2009 with a succession of singular deep house explorations for respected hubs such as Dekmantel, Ethereal Sounds, 3rd Strike and Firecracker offshoot Shevchenko an as the extended title suggests this album focuses on unreleased material from this same period. Musically, the tone mirrors Vityk's material for Shevchenko, taking the mainframe of house and melding it with elements of "Ukrainian folk melodies, esoteric cryptic rhythm patterns, field recordings, interludes and overgrown organic effects hidden beneath acres of cosmic murk."
Stephen Laubner continues to demonstrate a singularly unique take on electronic explorations as STL, with When The Time Has Come, originally released on vinyl in 2011. Present here are Laubner's irregular experiments with looped arrangements, with four super fine locked groove musical indentations opening this EP. Those whose are scared of infinite concepts will find solace in the sumptuous "Walking Blind" with trademark gloopy percussion soon joined by decidedly flatulent keys, swooping spectral pads and typically fractured textures. The virtual flip brings more loose limbed analogue joy with STL laying down swerving vocal snatches and staccato kicks that scratch the lower reaches of a delightfully hollow beat on "Death Proof" whilst the more streamlined "Supersonic" throbs delicately at your senses.