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Another cracker from Dmytro Nikolaienko, "Amphibian Man II" is inspired by a 1961 Crimean sci-fi movie, running spannered dub techno and house loops thru the Ukrainian artist's arsenal of tape machines and outdated FX boxes. RIYL Jan Jelinek, Rhythm & Sound, Mono Junk, Vladislav Delay.
It's not the first time this year that Muscut boss Nikolaienko has used his outsized talents to compose an imaginary soundtrack. The fab "Nostalgia Por Mesozóica" was an attempt to create "artificial exotica" to accompany a Mesozoic Era exhibition at a Natural History museum, and ended on a collaboration with the mysterious Amphibian Man II. Now Nikolaienko's new alias makes a more sizeable appearance on this ferric set of blitzed dub and cursed techno, assembled as a tribute to the lesser-known Ukrainian sci-fi movie "Amphibian Man".
The self-titled EP is intended as the soundtrack to a nonexistent sequel top the Crimea-set movie that's purportedly filmed in 2084, providing we all last that long. And Nikolaienko does a good job of balancing 1960s early electronic squeaking and squelching with the possible realities of composition using busted equipment after an apocalypse or climate meltdown. Opening track 'Crimea 2084' is the proposed theme song, and gets two versions, a fully-orchestrated original and an even more skeletal dub version.
"Nostalgia Por Mesozóica" track 'Yalta' appears again too, reworked twice to minimize the rattling bones exotica and amplify the wonky synths and tape hiss. 'Balaklava' finishes things off, and reduces the all-important dub techno 4/4 to a gentle throb, allowing Nikolaienko's cassette-damaged synths and rattly FX to dance like sparks into a discomfiting curtain call.