The month of May sees the return of Moscow born now London beat affiliate Lokiboi. With only a small arsenal of previous releases under his belt (quality may I add), he steps up off the subs bench and treats us all to his newest exciting choice cut – ‘Late Reaction E.P’. An inherent balance of old and new, managing to make the newest and freshest rhythms sound as if they were made in times gone by; (personal) parallels being easily drawn to the likes of El-B and 2562 purge the idea Lokiboi has his allegiance deep in both the garage and house camps respectively.
Being handed the baton as title track ‘Late reaction’ does not hang around in kicking off the show. Tribal hits accompany the tough guy- kick-snare-house-rhythm, they let off steam and explore as the piece progresses. This superb backdrop gives the warbling bass, pitched vocals and non-committal synths a chance to twist and churn their way to the four and a half minute finish line. Another notable favorite is the faultless ‘Love saves the day’ Lokiboi invites the ever popular ‘Citizen’ in to deliver his own unique musical algorithms, giving this track the extra nudge it needs to become surely a loveable club favorite. Cute synths stabs ground the piece and create a plateau for this duo to run wild with. A lengthy head-bopper this puppy may be, but also the flagship of the house-side of this two tone E.P.
‘Help yourself’and ‘Keep on loving me dry’ wear the home colours on the garage side. Arguably not a strong as the house cuts but still an exhibition of Lokiboi’s talent in the production seat. Both peppered with Burial style vocal moans and spaced out skippy beats, it’s great to see him experimenting with some more minimal, sparse rhythms. As the curtain falls, ‘Keep on loving me dry’ blissfully swoops its last soft set of chords bringing an EP quite full of extremes to an unexpected yet fitting end.
Organised basslines, structured beats and well thought out vocal placement make this EP and solid bit of work for both business and pleasure. Available now from ‘Somethinksounds’ Late Reaction is another sign of Lokiboi gradually wedging his foot in the future-music door.
Buy directly from Somethinksounds, Bleep or iTunes.
Words by Untrst
Like previous by Gerry Read or B-Ju, our all new podcast aims at the dancefloor. It was mixed by Londoner-based Lokiboi, who you might know from his collaborations with Klic or his excellent Rinse FM mix. Read an interview, download the mix and enjoy the music.
Can you please introduce yourself and tell us what you do outside of music?
My full name is Vladimir Strabykin and I am a Moscow-born producer from London. I moved to London at the age of 8 and since then I’ve been exploring the British culture. I am currently doing my last year at South Bank University and I am writing my dissertation on early disco culture.
Do you know that book by Tim Lawrence? He wrote about the American dance music culture of the seventies.
Yes, most of my references are from there. Actually from two books, You Better Work! and Love Saves The Day.
What made you decide to write your dissertation on disco?
I study Music and Sonic media and since I got on the course I’ve been learning about House culture. On my last year I decided to go even deeper, to the days before House existed. It’s like a beginning of everything for me, it’s like being in love but not really understanding why it’s happening.
Was house music of the nineties that got you into producing?
Funnily enough, it all started with Dubstep for me, that was my starting point. Material from around 2006-2009, the Mary Anne-Hobbs show on BBC Radio 1 [sends a YouTube link] played massive role on my understanding of genres. Even these days I find it incredibly inspirational.
So you haven’t really been making music for that long?
No, not really. I use to play in bands when I was like 14, I played the drums. It all started with the drums.
Are you still connected Russia, your country of birth? What do you make of the rising music-scene over there?
I am going back to Moscow all the time. We recently did a party there, it was absolutely great vibes. The scene is definitely rising in Moscow, things are popping off very quickly. Mujuice is great, personally I think he is one of the top Russian lads, but also people like OL and Lapti.
The first stuff I heard from you were collaborations with Klic, how did that come about?
Klic, now also known as Medlar, I’ve met him at university. Straight away he was the only person in class whose sound I was digging. We had similar views and started exploring House and Disco music together. Straight away we did remix swaps and collaborations. We worked together on the Won’t EP on Top Billin and more recently we had a 12-inch on Kolour Records.
What have you been working on lately, is there any new music coming out?
Yeah, I am currently working on few tunes with Citizen. I also have an EP coming out on R1 Ryder, two tunes and two remixes.
Listen | Download | Subscribe (iTunes)01. FCL – It’s You (Charles McCloud & Vin Sol Remix)
02. Maddslinky – Compuphonic
04. Randomer – Get Yourself Together
05. Shadow Child & James Talk – Comb Over
06. Kolombo & Loulou Players – Don’t Go Away (Zombie Disco Squad Remix)
07. Claude VonStroke – Chimps (Re-Edit)
08. Coat Of Arms – Is This Something
09. Mosca – Murderous
10. Motor City Drum Ensemble – Raw Cuts 3
11. Lung & Maxx Roach – Booty Call (Randomer Remix)
12. Classixx – Into The Valley (Julio Bashmore Remix)
14. Dusky – Flo Jam
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