Boomkat Product Review:
This release marked one of the later releases in Mego's catalogue and represents Russian electronics maestro Ivan Pavlov reaching the very summit of his creative powers with this double disc odyssey. Although Pavlov wears his musical influences very much on his sleeve - there's more than a hint of Pan Sonic/Sahko minimalism here, not to mention some elements of Moroder-ish proto disco. As a template for postmodern pop music this album certainly fits the bill, dismantling the rhythms of chart fodder to the most elemental, deconstructive pulsations. Tracks like 'Da Kota Rap (feat. Mia Farrow)' and 'Untitled Smash Hit' are laced with more than a small helping of irony, although actually, the latter of those two does have a pretty addictive bassline considering its born of such minimal electronic origins. Of course it's not all about the grinding, serrated edge minimalism, there are also moments of sine tone experimentation and beautiful, lulling synthesis. 'Morphine Twinge' and 'Unbecoming' focus on more abstract sounds, but nevertheless manage to sound both exciting and easy on the ear. Fans of Mika Vainio are in for a real treat with this one, as Coh successfully transfers the defining principles of skeletal techno prototypes and drags it kicking and screaming into the digital age.