Boomkat Product Review:
Mage-like selector and DJ, Vladimir Ivkovic graces Fleetway Tapes, sublabel of Moopie’s A Colourful Storm, with an extraordinary sequence of 20th century avant-garde, modern classical, space jazz and haunting Balkan folk. If yr looking for a treasure trove of amazing music you’ve likely never heard before, this is it.
Regarded among the very best to do it in recent years, Vladimir Ivkovic cut his teeth playing records at his dad’s club in Belgrade as a kid in the ‘80s, and honed his style while helming legendary sessions at Düsseldorf’s Salon des Amateurs, developing something of a cult following in the process. Vladimir’s mixes can be found strewn across the ‘net, but physical editions remain thin on the ground, making this jaw-dropping selection dedicated to ACR boss Moopie only his 2nd physical mixtape, proper, following the sought-after ‘lOVe tape’ for Berlin’s Sameheads in 2016.
‘Gospels for Moopie’ is essentially a selection of the rarest calibre, pulling from decades of fervent digging to plot out personal, rhizomatic links between the lesser heard nooks of his enviable collection. Rather than his typical conception of slow trance (literally Goa trance played on 33 not 45), there’s an entrancing slow-burn to this set, which slants away from fixed meter and into an other-world of music encompassing everything from oneiric theatricality to between-worlds folk, thru blinding, spine-freezing banks of horns, spirit-gripping choral passions, and inconceivably wonderful obscurities that may take a lifetime to ID and feels something like being lost in an Emir Kusturica film about the fall of civilisation.