TOTD // 03/07 // Kuzma Palkin

Published: July 3, 2017, words by Kuzma Palkin

Kuzma Palkin is a Russian producer who resides under many monikers. Having produced since 1998, but never having much interest in the Russian electronic music scene, he’s now begun to make his mark. Here, he explains his career history and shares with us the tracks that made him change his opinion on Russian electronic music.

“My name is Kuzma Palkin and I was born in December of 1981 in Severodvinsk, Russian Federation (USSR back then). Now I live in Saint-Petersburg. I started to make tunes in 1998 and in 2001 I got an offer to publish some tracks on a local compilation of electronic music, I decided to give them three tracks under different aliases.

“Then came a period of accumulation of music and ideas which lasted for several years. At this time I made tracks with my AudioCAD project, which was published in 2008 by Roman Filippov on his label Between Us. Some tracks during that period also ended up in forthcoming Pupil Dilations EP on Roots United Records under my Kausto alias.

“In 2008, there was an EP on Shanti Records under my Kausto alias and three years later Roman, who ran Shanti Records along with Between Us, asked me to make a remix on Terrence Dixon’s Population One – Return of the Speaker People. I couldn’t refuse it as Terrence Dixon is one of my biggest influences of all time. After that I partially switched to hardware and plunged into music making even more. This gave me plenty of material which you can hear on Audiosapr on GOST Zvuk and forthcoming GOST INSTRUMENT under my real name.

“Until relatively recent times the Russian electronic scene, the deep techno and house scene in particular, always seemed to me to be vulgar, hollow and pretentious. I’d like to present some of the tracks that made me radically reconsider my views.”

via youtube

Lazzich

T1

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“I was always sceptical about mid 2000s Moscow deep techno scene, built around labels like Fragment, Nervmusic, Anton Kubikov’s Pro-Tez etc. Sergey Lazarev aka Lazzich was somehow binded to this movement so I tried to ignore his music too, in bulk. I bitterly regretted it when Lazzich passed away in the beginning of 2014 and I decided to rediscover his music. Since then I try to be more attentive and open to everything. This track is a good example of how far Lazzich could go in his search of an interesting sound space.”
via youtube

Dices + AEM Rhythm Cascade

Hologram

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“It is hard to comment on your friend’s music, especially if it is music by two of your friends actually. Though when I heard this track for the first time we were barely acquainted personally. The whole album can bring you to such mental areas you won’t find in any compound. Only with music you have access to them. ‘Hologram’, for example, draws interesting static yet mobile mental phenomena in analogy to pseudo-hallucinations. Later I had the good fortune to jam with these guys, witnessing all that amazing creative flow between them.”
via youtube

Олег Буянов

Давай Поговорим

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“This track was not the first one I heard off GOST ZVUK but it was the first one that clicked for me, so I began to take GOST ZVUK seriously. I guess it was because of my initial preferences: since the early 2000s I was obsessed by early Klang Elektronik/Playhouse sound sphere. Here I can include relatively early Perlon also. The whole EP, this track in particular, allowed me to delve into that atmosphere again but with somehow refreshed aesthetics. I’d say it even pushes level of abstraction and detachment even further, without becoming too dull or pompous.”
via soundcloud

DX20V

ToT

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“I discovered DX2OV’s music recently and was nearly blown away by his style. I was impressed by his ability to enter such weird and un-obvious mental territories using a deliberately (I guess) narrowed down set of parameters and symbols. This is also always flavoured with a fat portion of funk, cool harmonic content and smart tonal manoeuvres. This particular track reminded me of a brief moment before proper microhouse wore off in the middle of the 2000s, there was a brief flash of interesting radicalisation. It sounds like DX2OV starts there and pushes further in his own direction. Dope.”

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