Review: The star of Berlin-based Russian Yulia Niko continues to rise, with this new release on Watergate which follows up a terrific run of EPs on taste maker labels like Crosstown Rebels, Dee-P-erfect and Nervous. Dub techno, minimal and early '90s techno collide on her latest moody thriller titled 'Manifesto' which receives two reworks by globetrotting Frenchman YokoO on the flip. The All Day I Dream staple takes the track further into glacial and cavernous territory on his haunting Defragmentation mix, until things get more upbeat and optimistic on the deep and sensual Vegas mix - featuring a helping hand from London-based Italian Francesco Mami.
Review: Russian born and now Berlin-based Yulia Niko can often be found wowing audiences at her residency for the famous local institution Watergate, in addition to releasing for tastemaker labels such as Get Physical, Hottrax, Rebellion and Subliminal. Not to mention her own imprints TochnoTechno and Libe Vibe. Here she makes her debut for Damian Lazarus' esteemed Crosstown Rebels imprint with the deep and mesmerising arcane energy of "Fatima", which is backed up by the equally spiritual and meditative polyrhythms on "Man From Ubud". If that was not enough, there's also a killer remix by Rominimal maestro Priku, who teams up with homeboy Dinu to increase the energy levels on their powerfully melodic rework.
Review: Since debuting on Nervous n 2016, Yulia Niko has popped up on a number of high-profile labels including Crosstown Rebels, Subliminal and Get Physical. "Molly & Sally", a track featuring guest vocals from Coro Coro, marks the Russian's return to the latter label after a two-year absence. In its' original form, "Molly & Sally" is low-slung and weighty, with Niko layering oriental style string melodies, loose-limbed Afro-house percussion and Coro Coro's stylish vocals over a jacking beat and heavy, locked-in bassline. The accompanying remixes are tasty too. Mihai Popoviciu beefs up the beats and dubs-out Coro Coro's vocals to create a head-in-the-clouds tech-house treat, while SIS re-records the bassline and focuses on the Afro-house percussion sounds to give the track a more exotic and otherworldly feel.
Review: Yulia Niko comes to Crosstown Rebels with a four-tracker that blends deep, tech, prog and minimal elements to great effect. 'Paradise' is an understated, shuffle-y number with lots of subtle filtering, while 'Es Vedra' ups the dancefloor ante with pounding drums, snatches of spoken male vocal and a tiny hint of acid, making for a cut that'd work equally well in the warm-up or during the wee smalls. But the standout is the surging, pulsing 'Caminando', which features Chilean vocalist Sil Romero and comes with a more minimal-leaning refix from Cioz. Quality, hard-to-pigeonhole stuff from this Berlin-based Russian producer.
Someone I'm Not (feat Debby Coda) - (5:38) 125 BPM
Someone I'm Not (Nb's Stin Drums) - (4:37) 125 BPM
Review: Could Nasser Baker be the next huge talent unearthed by Objektivity? We certainly think so. He is one of the freshest and most promising talents of 2018. Growing up in New Jersey, he was introduced to house legend Dennis Ferrer and that's where he finds himself today on his imprint. Here he teams up with Yulia Niko, who is best known for her creative and diverse techno sound. Starting her career as a DJ in Sochi, Russia, she immediately found her love with the underground electronic music in NYC and releasing on Get Physical and Crosstown Rebels. "Someone I'm Not" (feat Debby Coda) is a bumping bass driven excursion in afterhours tech house that's perfectly fine for the warm-up too. Nb's Stin Drums up next is a handy dub version as well.
Review: Ascendant Russian DJ/producer Yulia Niko learned the ropes while living in New York City, where she was a resident at the city's renowned Verboten parties, before moving to techno mecca Berlin a year ago - where she runs her newly inaugurated Tocho Techno imprint. Add to that releases on top labels such as Get Physical, Subliminal, Nervous and this new one on Jamie Jones' Hottrax -and it's yet more evidence that she's in the prime of her career. She merges the best aspects of acid house and early noughties west coast tribal on the deep groove of "Cheap Story" while the absolutely thumping "Not For Everyone" is a perfect DJ tool for late night hypnotism under the strobe light.