A core part of the diverse electronic scene emerging
from St Petersburg, Sasha Zaitsev and Ilya Baramiya are
EU (an abbreviation for the Russian for
`christmas baubles'). The EU sound is a warm and fluidic,
abstract-beats-driven melodic electronica with
a lofi edge. With similarities to the likes of Boards of Canada
and Autechre, EU nevertheless manage to transcend the
ranks of slavish Warp copyists. With recent material
they have made a conscious decision to develop
beyond their digital beginnings towards something more organic
and emotive by drawing on a wider range of
analogue sounds and thinking of the process as that of
creating `songs' rather than just `tracks'.
The first results of this project
are the current full-length Warm Math and
the excellent Tuner EP on their main UK label,
Bristol's Pause 2.
Since the release of their debut international full-length
Reframing in 2000, EU
have made compilation appearances for labels as diverse as
Lo Recordings, Peacefrog and Earworm. They also featured
in the Pause 2 special on Radio 1's One World (see links
below) and have even had a video shown in ITV1's
late-night Mixmasters series.
EU come to Bad Timing as part of their first tour
of Western Europe.
interview with Tom from Pause 2 (EU can be heard in Real Audio version)
animals on wheels/
(ninja tune, thrill jockey, tripel)
Another chance to see the new live lineup featuring the
major drumming talents of Ashley Marlowe (Charlottefield,
ex-Conemelt), which debuted to a great reception at January's
Andrew Coleman, perhaps best known under his
Animals on Wheels alias, has released
two albums and an EP for the highly respected Ninja
Tune label, in addition to numerous 12"s and
compilation appearances on his own landmark Bovinyl
Moving away from the rapid-fire breakbeats and abrupt
mood shifts of the past, recent material has emphasized
the rich melodic textures that always held the foundation
of his best work. Recent collaborations include remixes
for Toytronic's Multiplex and a forthcoming track with
Dose One (Anticon).
Organic and fine-grained textural electronica from the
ex-Mouse Finding The Key/Gwei-Lo producer.