Boomkat Product Review:
Psychedelic inner-world astral traveling ambient biz here from Russian universe builder Nikolay Kozlov. Featuring guest appearances from Perila, mu tate, Igor Dyachenko and Ryan & Kouhei >> one fer the Experiences Ltd / West Mineral lot.
While the wider club establishment has been attempting the pivot to ambient as venue doors remained shuttered, a growing throng of dedicated dream riders were already out there plumbing the depths of our shared imagination. Kozlov's latest is a quiet triumph, following the West Mineral torch but edging into fresh territory. Tight, jazzy rhythms underpin synapse-puncturing synth weirdness and dubwise fx trickery, and Kozlov does a good job of harking back to Mille Plateaux's "Clicks & Cuts" era without resorting to quick 'n easy nostalgia.
There are tantalizing echoes of Jan Jelinek, Frank Bretschneider and Kit Clayton, but by upping the mindbending, pineal-tickling content, Kozlov successfully materializes in a more contemporary zone. Interestingly, "OUTTAKES21" sounds more organic and less purposefully glitchy than its predecessors. Kozlov instead creates a world that is woven from Pole's gassy moods and Vladislav Delay's expansive jazziness, but lacquered with contemporary sonic trickery.