Often the best music gets made when people get out of their comfort zone and venture into new territory. That is what I felt listening to these tracks from Ukrainian veteran Alexander Pavlenko. He has a long history in drum ‘n bass as Sunchase, and as Na Nich, you might have heard him on Rhythm Buro or Semantica, but this release reveals another side of him that we haven’t heard before.
The Karpati EP kicks off with “Manipulation”. A rolling sub and punchy drums propel the track’s momentum forward and make it dancefloor-ready. The sounds on top take inspiration from multiple genres for a track that finds a perfect balance between the deeper sides of both house and techno.
Next up is “Still There”, a stripped deep house tune where filtered percussion, pads and vocals alternate each other, flowing in and out of focus.
Title track “Karpati”, a hypnotic techno track, takes inspiration from the mountain region in western Ukraine, the melody reflecting a similar beauty as the Carpathian nature. Add Na Nich’s expert sound design on top, and the result is a deep and captivating trip.
“Morning Habit” rounds up the EP by slowing things down for a dubbed out house cut. Chords playfully bounce over the beat for a tune suitable for either the early or very late mornings.
A2. Still There
B2. Morning Habit