Sunday, June 12, 2011
"The latest offering from Chinese netlabel Bypass has landed, together with a superb site redesign harking back to early DOS based computer programming.
The producer behind the sounds of the Jazl Mnstr mini LP is Enko; one Enkolf Kitler from Ukraine presently living and working in Moscow. He started releasing his music back in ’08 through netlabels SUBWISE, Pavillon36 Recordings, and Qulture Production and cites of one his major influences as that of Autechre.
Presented is an 11 track 34 minute excursion into the mind of Enkolf. Taking in broken beat step programming, glitchy stutters, fuzzy finishes and jazzy drum interludes such as that shown on Kont (JZL), iXet and Max Mospin; akin to early Ninja Tune and the work of Funki Porcini. This is joined by some lovely minimalist electronica as expressed with Melanholloh."
"Sumy is a town in Northern Ukraine that first appeared on the map over three hundred years ago in order to defend Cossack territory against warring outsiders. The nineteenth and twentieth centuries would transform Sumy into a less dangerous industrial center, but a proud connection to those earlier times persists. The image above shows a dual spiritual and industrial heritage today - in a typically ramshackle fashion, redolent of our somewhat grayer age.
From the standpoint of contemporary music, designed to orchestrate these times and places, Sumy is home to a young artist known as Enko. His work has been showcased here on several occasions. He now has an album available for free download with the title of "Jazl Mnstr." It comes to us via the Chinese netlabel Bypass and was engineered by the project's founder, who himself performs in Beijing under the stage name of ZhangJW.
Enko remains a man of very few words, beginning with his insistent unwillingness to publish any private information beyond his Christian name, Artem. The promotional materials for "Jazl Mnstr," in a similarly tight-lipped fashion, consist of a mere six sentences. Here we're reminded that Enko has moved northwards to Moscow, where he continues to nurture a musical career that was conceived under the specific influence of Autechre. His output, since those early days, has appeared through a range of netlabels such as Subwise, Pavillon36 Recordings, and Qulture."...