Nuage 'WILD' (Project: Mooncircle)
The winters in Dmitry Kuzmin’s home city of St Petersburg are to be endured rather than enjoyed. But like his musical counterparts across the Baltic in Scandinavia, it’s given Kuzmin (aka Nuage) the perfect excuse to just stay inside, nerd out and make music. There’s a warmth and cosiness to his productions – a mix of neo-classical ambience, sultry future 2-step and feather-light deep house – that are undoubtedly due to hunkering down, but others are the sonic offspring of memories of summers spent in Mexico. The neo-Balearic shuffle of ‘Catch Light’ and the twinkly, sample-heavy, Bashmore-style bass outing ‘Secret Jungle’ are blasts of warm sunshine, whatever the season. Stephen Worthy
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