Ukraine is a country of vast geographical landscapes; highlands and lowlands dressed with rivers and the Carpathian mountains as well as stunning ridges and slopes that feed into the Black and Azov Seas. These differences are also true to its artists; with their progressive audible paintbrushes they reach with valiant talent into a musical triumph of gorgeous sounds that propel the Ukrainian music scene into the entire world.
From Konotop, which sounds like a planet in a distant galaxy, rather than a town in Ukraine. On his two labels Leleka and Bandura he swings you from space jazz to ethnic motifs and back to house and electronica.
SOUNDS LIKE: Moody sci-fi experiments with analogue synths and drum machines, acoustic instruments and old-school vinyl records.
FUN FACTS: Inspired by his grandfather — a traditional instrumentalist and well-known bandura performer.
GIGS: Rotterdam (NL) 14.03
Berlin (DE) /Berghain 28.03
Bratislava (SK) 10.04
RECENT: Vakula's latest album is a soundtrack to a 1920's science fiction book written by David Lindsay — A Voyage To Arcturus — a story of a fearless traveler who is exposed to sublime energies and unknown spheres.
WHO: Woo York
1/2 Andrew Vanzhula
1/2 Dennis Andriyanov
SOUNDS LIKE: An electronic symphony of make-believe instruments. Their live sets consist of improvisational and avant-garde elements that bring diversity into the club night.
FUN FACTS: Know each other from the university and lived next door at a student dormitory in Kiev.
GIGS: Budapest (HU) 14.03
Munich (DE) 10.04
London (UK) 18.04
RECENT: The Valley of Songs EP released on Life and Death Records.
WHO: Etapp Kyle
Chernivtsi-born Sergey Kushnir
SOUNDS LIKE: Clever ideologies tapping out their direction in a hypnotising morse code that only your body understands.
FUN FACTS: By sharing his music on a semi-private online board Etapp Kyle made some good friends who helped to further his career to the Moscow Arma17 club (closed a year ago) ) and Ben Klock's own Klockworks imprint.
GIGS: Copenhagen (DE) 07.03
Barcelona (SP) 28.03
Amsterdam (NL) 26.04
RECENT: Four track EP, KW10, released on Klockworks in 2013
His parents call him Alexander Pavlenko.
SOUNDS LIKE: Futuristic musings of an optimistic drum 'n bass man with questions and answers that can only be understood by the constant flow of digital progression and tempo.
FUN FACTS: His debut album, Static Nitro, became album of the month in Spring 2010 according to MixMag.
However has played all over the world including; Denmark, Germany, Russia, Spain and America.
RECENT: The Truth EP released on Med School is scoring great reviews and plays
WHO: Stanislav Tolkachev
An audible artist painting vivid imagery with depths of moving experience.
SOUNDS LIKE: Inspiration. It is an off the cuff experience of enchanting techno and oddly dark but serene sounds.
FUN FACTS: Nina Kraviz named his "I Will Not Pee In The Pool" under number 13 on DJ-Kicks.
GIGS: Berlin (DE) /Tresor 06.03
Nantes (FR) 03.04
RECENT: Stripped-back and agitated techno cuts fro Right Angle EP on Semantica Records
These artists are contributing to a genre we continue to explore. The talents of Ukraine are making waves into techno and electronica and we appreciate their dedication and enjoy their creations. Stay tuned into the Ukrainian glory.