Review: Over the last decade, Konstanyun Isaev has built up one of the most distinctive catalogues in nu-disco, delivering EPs for the likes of ISM, Bordello A Parigo and Kolour Recordings that explore the stylistic boundaries of the style. He's at it again here, skipping between dark and moody late-night sleaze (foreboding opener 'Emperor Sheikh'), picturesque acid/electro/freestyle fusion (the bubbly synth motifs and sludgy bottom-end of 'Inspector Krause'), and dubby early morning house hypnotism ('Hypnotic Style'). His rock-solid originals are complimented by two equally as impressive remixes: the Middle Eastern electronic lead lines and surging, arpeggio-driven grooves of A-Tweed's druggy revision of 'Emperor Sheikh' and the bouncy electro-breaks cheeriness of Panorama Channel's re-make of 'Inspector Krause'.
Review: With releases on labels like Bordello A Parigi and ISM, Volta Cab aka Konstantyn Isaev has an impressive back catalogue. Now he takes his unique take on electronic disco to the emerging Sulk Magic imprint. The title track is a grandiose affair, with a swaggering groove underpinning epic synth hooks and impenetrable vocal samples, while on "Erotic Assassin", the Russian producer opts for a different approach; led by tight drums and pulsating acid, it eventually leads into a place where cocktail bar melodies prevail. "Perseus Wild" is different again: led by a funk bass and a searing guitar riff, while the release also features an upbeat, slightly more ominous take on the title track by Fabrizio Mammarella.
Review: Some seven years after releasing his first single, Volta Cab has finally got round to making a debut album. The fact that it's appearing on Holland's lauded Bordello a Parigi label offers a clue not only to its' contents, but also its' obvious quality. In keeping with the Russian producer's recent releases, Rise Again is a stylish, left-of-centre affair, rich in vintage synthesizer and drum machine sounds. In the process, he touches on moody leftfield synth-pop, Balearic nu-disco, eccentric electro, mind-altering Italo-disco, John Carpenter style horror soundtracks, muscular electro-disco and even dreamy, sunrise-friendly deep house. Distinctive and hugely entertaining, it's easily Volta Cab's most assured release to date.
Review: It's been four long years since we last heard from St Petersburg-based producer Volta Cab. Happily, there are clear signs of artistic development on this belated return to action. While you'll find subtle nods towards his melodious nu-disco past on "Johnny 320", the track's crunchy groove, distorted bass and fuzzy electronics recall Belgium's late '80s new beat movement. That's even more evident on Juanpablo's accompanying remix, which is dirty, druggy and thoroughly mind-altering. On "Immortal Fix", the experienced Russian producer serves up some throbbing, mascara-clad new-wave throb. In turn, this is remixed by Hesperious Draco, who channels the spirit of the various new beat-era covers of the KLF's 1988 "pure trance" version of "What Time Is Love". A fine return to action, all told.
Review: Ukrainian producer Volta Cab (aka Tokma) likes to keep busy: apart from releasing a string of slick house tracks, he also found the time to mix the excellent Deep House Moscow #2. Here's back in typical eclectic form with the title track kicking things of with some trippy-slow jazzy electro (with a little 303 action for good measure). Terrance Pearce also appears to take the tune down a velvety funky house route. Elsewhere "Oasis Dub" merges cumbia rhythms with saucy '70s funk, but the raw, loopy garage of "Rusty Waves" is the overall winner here.