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Pixelord - Supaplex
12" Vinyl
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Civil Music

Released: 17th September 2012 | 4 track leftfield/idm ep

Civil Music's latest transmission comes in the form of four advanced dancefloor cuts from Moscow's Alexey Devyanin under his Pixelord moniker.

Having a rich history in electronic music, with beats released under a number of different aliases (including a rich vein as Gultskra Artikler), Devyanin's latest incarnation as Pixelord has seen the producer traverse a wealth of influences, from the experimental field recordings of Fennesz, to the heavy-hitting rhythms of a new Russian beats scene and beyond. With the Supaplex EP we see Pixelord taking the reins of an exciting new chapter for his country's club music, leading the way through Russian juke, emotive digitalism and half-stepping bass works.

Opening with the unmistakably Chi-Town indebted beat patterns of 'Been Lookin', the EP outlays the 2012 Pixelord dynamic; heavy trippin' juke rhythms, pitched down ghost MC's duetting with their angelic female counterparts, and sky high synths that sear their way across the heart.

'Freeze The Star' takes this template and twists it into a deeply layered ode to trap architects like DJ Toomp, Beat Billionaire and Burn One, part low swung call-to-arms, part melancholy reflection. Complete with Q-Tip's heavily treated vocal sample and looped r'n'b couplets, the tracks multitude of components oscillate around each other, dipping and weaving throughout the waveform to create something equal parts solid and elegant.

'Paperball' follows, acting as a frenetically percussive demonstration of this artist's programming chops - all tempered hand claps and rolling 303 drums - before finally 'Vibrate' rounds things off with perhaps a more recognizable UK lean. Gloopy, rumbling melodies scale their way across galvanized percussion, as stuttered MDMA-dipped synth work creating the perfect foil for the tracks second drop, which sees polyrhythmic UK funky-isms played out against a backdrop of broken halfstep beats.

Alongside developing acts like 813, DZA, Lapti, OL and Vtgnike, Pixelord is spearheading a burgeoning Russian scene that's progressing the bass game to the furthest corners of Europe - the Supaplex EP reaches far beyond this Muscovite's neighbourhood, beaming his multi-faceted sound to the world.

Following releases on Error Broadcast, Leisure System, Hit & Hope and his own Hyperboloid imprint, Supaplex opens Pixelord's account with Civil Music. The release features artwork from Mike Lythgoe and is released on 17th September 2012 on 12 Vinyl and Download.

Additionally, 'Supaplex Remixed' will be released on 8th October with remixes from XI, Chrissy Murderbot, XLII and Raja.

"Huge. Thank you!"
Yannick, RBMA
"REVIEW: 7/10: The EP bursts out of the gate at a breakneck juke pace with the skittering track Been Lookin', and from there on out, Pixelord careens through cramped and paranoid moods with dark, bustling soundscapes. Been Lookin' is raining with cascading arpeggios, lurching percussion, and strangled vocal samples, it sounds like the producer is stretching himself to his limit—one wrong move and the whole song would tumble down a cliff, but Pixelord never swerves off course. Even at a reckless, full-tilt sprint, he remains nimble and airtight. Paperball is alive with the berserk energy of a million sounds jostling for attention: ticking hi-hats, several different gabbering vocal samples, laser zaps, manic bass tones, trickling water drops, and buzzing synths are all firing off at once. Then there are moments where Pixelord gives his tracks a little room to stretch out, particularly at the end of Freeze The Star and Vibrate, where most of the track melts away to show off a few well-selected components. The cacophony of Freeze The Star buries a pleasant, pattering hand drum beat until the end, when most of the louder sounds melt away. Vibrate, which builds from a dizzy and wobbling synth line not unlike that on Ramadanman's Core, is the least packed song on the EP. The track isn't overbearing, as it instead builds into a headrush of oncoming synths, drum hits, and pointed notes before falling off into craters of bass with sharp water droplets and pockets of silence."
"Some really interesting sounds here, good work!"
Joj, Data Transmission
"Absolutely phenomenal"
Chrissy Murderbot, DJ
"Big EP, Feeling Been Lookin & Vibrate. Will deffo spin"
Mumdance, DJ
"this is left as fuck. im all over it!!!"
Martelo, DJ
"He's all grown up! Liking Paperball the most on a 1st listen, definate support"
Om Unit, DJ
"Amazing EP every track is an absolute rolla! Full support!"
Submerse, DJ
"feeling it alot, will support on rinse"
Brackles (Rinse FM), DJ/Rinse
"Full support! Will play Paperball and Vibrate for sure :)"
Nightwave, DJ