It feels like only a moment ago that we welcomed Russian prodigy Andrey Pushkarev to the Circus Company fold
with the Gingo Biloba 12”, and after that refined exercise in stripped down dancefloor aesthetics it’s gives us great
pleasure to bring him back in for another three-pronged demonstration of his considerable studio talent.
The core principles laid out in that first EP are back in abundance, with Pushkarev expanding on his love of
dubbed-out dance music with a fresh batch of rhythms and pulses custom-made to ensnare the subconscious in
that time-honoured tradition of meditative house and techno.
“Between The Mountains” makes no attempt to mask the influence of Basic Channel looming overhead, letting the
seductive throb of dub techno chords echo through a crisp arrangement of drum machine beats that speak to the
building blocks of electro in their mechanical construction.
Taking a tougher approach from the outset, “River” instantly sets itself apart as a more house-orientated affair,
thanks in no small part to the solid beat that underpins the track. The insistent synth that stalks in the lower
register of the mix drives the track forwards while spine-tingling washes of metallic melody appear intermittently to
break up the grooving thrust of the drums.
As if the first two cuts weren’t deep enough, “A First Snow” heads even further into hypnotic territory that
maximises on the impact of choice reverbs and alluring keys to summon up a surprisingly funky blend of minimal
house and dub-wise warmth.
It’s the little details that allow Pushkarev’s skill to shine through, creating sublime dancefloor moments from the
most delicate of touches. When considered control and pristine production can result in monotonous output, our
Russian friend shows just how captivating the subtle approach can be.