Boomkat Product Review:
Buttechno’s Pavel Milyakov scratches an experimental industrial itch for TTT in the texturally curious and freehanded style found on his ace LPs for Gost Zvuk and Berceuse Heroique in recent years
Exploring a more dancefloor-ambivalent and cranky sound than his Buttechno outings, and less cinematic than 2019’s ‘La Maison De La Mort’, Moscow’s Milyakov follows a hunch for industrial, rhythm-driven sounds that shape up like the soundtrack to a rave in a haunted Siberian warehouse, which is something of a fantasy to our strangely wired minds.
In the course of 12 tracks Milyakov toils mechanical rhythms and bleak atmospheres with an industrial-poetic license, vacillating scenes of stentorian work yard commands and tape-manipulated chunks of industrial rhythm in ’Stroyevvaya’, with rattling machinery recalling Thomas Brinkmann’s brilliant recordings of old looms in ‘The Great Snare of Death’, whereas the likes of ‘302’ and ‘Suburban Tribal’ follows straighter minimal techno impulses, and ‘Distant Rave ’92’ pulls out into a sort of Russian take on Burial-esque ambience, and ‘Metal Ambience II’ sounds like Moondog playing a battered subarctic shipyard. Basically a whole playground of sound for the discerning industrial explorer.
On the cranky strengths of this LP and his previous, as well as his Buttechno gear, we’d wager Milyakov is making some of the best music coming from Russia in 2020.